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Al-Qaeda may be allying with IM, LeT to carry out multi-city attacks in India, says NSG

Al-Qaeda may be allying with IM, LeT to carry out multi-city attacks in India, says NSG

The NSG that since a decade ago al-Qaeda had started showing interest in India when a recce had been carried out in Goa and Bangalore.

New Delhi: The National Security Guard has said that it is ready to respond if the ISIS or al-Qaeda carry out terror attacks in India. Director General of the NSG Jayant Chowdhary on Thursday said that terror groups such as al-Qaeda or ISIS might carry out multi-city attacks in India.

"Their desire to set up base in India is not new. They have been trying to ally with terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed and Lashkar-e-Toiba for quite some time," said Jayant Chowdhary.

He also said that since a decade ago al-Qaeda had started showing interest in India when a recce had been carried out in Goa and Bangalore. Since then, various stories have been doing the rounds, stating that the terror group plans to set up base in India and recruit people for the same.

Earlier this year, sources had told CNN-IBN that the terror outfit, which has already killed thousands in Iraq and Syria in a deadly pursuit to establish an Islamic Caliphate, was recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

The security agencies had said that more than 100 Indian men could have already joined the ISIS in Iraq. The terror group was radicalising poor Muslims through online videos, they said.

Sources had also said that an Indian Mujahideen man wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) could be recruiting for the ISIS and that these recruits could be used to strike terror in India once the war in Iraq and Syria ends.

With recent arrests of Indian Mujahideen terrorists, Indian agencies have been upbeat about their fight against terror but the worry now is that if Indians have indeed joined the ISIS, they might use new techniques and weapons to strike terror in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said in his speech a few months back said that the al-Qaeda threat was being hyped. "Indian Muslims have and always will be loyal to India," Modi had said.

first published:October 16, 2014, 14:26 IST