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Terror Group Al-Qaida Announces New Target: Indian Security Installations

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| June 27 , 2017 , 19:05 IST

The notorious Al-Qaida terrorist group, which has played an active role in Afghanistan, is now planning to play a more active role in India, especially by targeting Indian security installations according to a recent document released by the organisation.

Al-Qaida has released elaborate instructions in a document titled 'Code of Conduct for Mujahideen in the subcontinent' which describes objectives, targets and dos and don'ts for its members.

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"All personnel of the military are our targets, whether they be in the war zone or in barracks at their bases. Even the personnel on vacation are not exempted due to their battle against an implementation of sharia," the document said.

"Officers are a greater priority than soldiers. The greater is the seniority, greater is our priority to kill him. Those officers of the military who have the blood of our Kashmiri brothers on their hands are our targets," the document continued.

In the document, a resident of Sambhal in UP, Maulana Asim Umar has been announced as the 'Emir' or chief of the Al-Qaida in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Precise instructions regarding hostage situations are also given, stating that hostages should either be traded for a 'brother', given up for ransom or be killed.

The document comes in the wake of former Hizbul commander Zakir Musa announcing a new outfit which openly acknowledged support from Al-Qaida. The document calls for other fighting groups in the Indian subcontinent to pledge their allegiance to the 'Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan' as well.

According to officials, Al-Qaida is making consistent efforts to establish that its objectives and modus operandi are completely different than those of its arch rival, ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria).

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"The document mentions that the Mujahideen will not attack common Hindus, Muslims or Buddhists and also not strike places of worship. This is in sharp contrast with ISIS which has been targeting mosques on priority," the official added.

Officials have also stated that at present AQIS is the top threat to India. Reportedly backed by Pakistan's secret service ISI and with sleeper cells in various parts of the country, AQIS was formed by Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri and Asim Umar in September 2014.

Security agencies across the nation busted several sleeper cells of AQIS in December 2015 and Umar Hyderabadi, Abu Sufiyan, Mohammed Sami and Dr Sabeel, brother of 2007 Glasgow airport bomber Kafeel, were identified as key members.

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