Maulana Asim Umar, the chief of the al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), is believed to have issued a statement on Sunday calling for lone wolf attacks on “Indian administrative and police officials”. According to this report
, the four-page statement is the first such release from the Al Qaeda offshoot following the crackdown on terror modules in Uttar Pradesh.
The face of Maulana Asim Umar appears blurred out in this only photograph of his. Wikimedia Commons
It is interesting to note that Indian security agencies believe that the reclusive Umar is from Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal and left for Pakistan in 1999.
In the statement, Umar urges Indian Muslims to follow in the footsteps of lone wolves in Europe.
Quoting SITE Intelligence Group
, which monitors Jihadi activity across the globe, Hindustan Times reports
that Umar blames the administrative officials for what he calls “massacre of Muslims”.
“Otherwise how could anyone dare to just take knives and cut Muslims like vegetables? We say if the Indian state is not involved in the massacre of Muslims, then Muslim youth should also be given free hand, as given to Hindu mobsters during riots,” reports SITE quoting Umar.
Al Qaeda in the world. Wikimedia Commons
In his message Umar makes reference to other lone wolf attacks in Iraq, Syria and other western countries despite the fact that those attacks were carried out by the Islamic State – an enemy of the al Qaeda and all its offshoots.
Citing officials, the New Indian Express claims that Umar’s praise of ISIS attacks points at some trouble inside the AQIS. In December 2015, the Delhi Police had arrested suspected AQIS India chief Mohammad Asif and others. In their chargesheet, investigators had alleged that the accused were in touch with terrorists from Pakistan, Iran and Turkey.
Officials with Mohammad Asif and Abdul Rehman after their arrest. Indian Express
National Investigation Agency chief Sharad Kumar told HT that the agency will analyse the statement.