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Jihadist outfit with links to ISIS threatens to avenge Batla House encounter

Jihadist outfit with links to ISIS threatens to avenge Batla House encounter

The jehadist group called Ansar ut Tawheed Fi Bilad Al Hind issued the threat on Twitter on Friday on the sixth anniversary of the Batla House encounter.

New Delhi: A jehadist outfit with links to the ISIS has threatened to launch an attack to avenge the victims of the Batla House encounter. The jehadist group called Ansar ut Tawheed Fi Bilad Al Hind issued the threat on Twitter on Friday on the sixth anniversary of the Batla House encounter.

The group hailed those who died in the encounter were martyrs. Sources say that no direct involvement of the group has been noticed in any previous attacks in India.

The group, from a Twitter handle @isabahmedia2, tweeted, "We the mujahideens renew our pledge to avenge the martyrdom of Batla House encounter and other oppressed Muslims including our imprisoned brothers unless and until we establish Sharia law in India under the global Khilafah (Caliphate) wiping out all the man-made boundaries."

The encounter had taken place at flat number L-18, Batla House at Jamia Nagar locality on September 19, 2008, six days after serial bomb blasts had rocked Delhi, killing 26 people and injuring 133. The police had reached Batla House on a tip off that some suspected militants involved in the blasts were holed up in the building.

Of the five, who were residing in the flat, Atif Ameen and Mohd Sajid were killed during the encounter in which Inspector Sharma had succumbed to the bullet injuries sustained during the gun fight while head constable Balwant was injured.

first published:September 20, 2014, 08:36 IST