Al Qaida-Affiliate Calls For 'Able' Indian Youth To Attack Military Convoys In Jammu And Kashmir

| February 28 , 2018 , 09:11 IST

Former Hizbul Mujahideen commander Zakir Musa, who now heads the Al Qaida-affiliated Kashmiri militant group Ghazwat-ul-Hind has reportedly called on "able" Indian youth to attack military convoys using petrol bombs to make the Army's movements difficult.

Musa described the Indian Army as "the primary enemy of our jihad" in a 15-minute video of his Urdu speech 'Kashmir will Become Darul-Islam'.

"The first enemy of our jihad is the Indian Army. It is important that we attack its convoys and make its movement difficult. In this action, every able youth can join and by using petrol bombs can participate in such actions," Musa said in the speech.

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He urged 'fighters" in Kashmir to "rise above group and hero worship", and asked them to target companies associated with the Indian government and foreign firms seeking opportunities in India, the SITE Intelligence Group said.

Musa's calls for attacks on the Indian Army come soon after the Islamic State (IS) terror group claimed responsibility for killing Jammu and Kashmir Police Constable Farooq Ahmed Yatoo on Sunday. The ISIS on Monday released a poster titled "The War Has Just Begun" which depicted a rifle allegedly taken as a war spoil and warned of more strikes.

"While IS has claimed the attack, this needs to be authenticated. There is no perceptible presence of IS in the Valley, though there may be some lone wolves influenced by IS ideology," Jammu and Kashmir DGP S P Vaid told TOI on Tuesday.

"There are small groups of self-radicalised youths here and they are plotting strikes to liberate Kashmir through jihad. However, there is no cohesiveness among such individuals and groups," said an officer.