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Large number of IS agents in Karnataka and Kerala: UN | India News

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NEW DELHI: A UN report on the global terrorist threat from the Islamic State (ISIS) and al-Qaida has stated that al-Qaida in the Indian subcontinent comprises between 150 and 200 members from India, including a significant number from Karnataka and Kerala, as well as people from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Myanmar.
He also claims that AQIS is reportedly planning attacks in the region. The 26th report of the UN sanctions analytical monitoring team and support on ISIS, al-Qaida and associated individuals and entities, published on July 23, cites the account of a member state that the Indian affiliate of IS (Wilayah Hind), announced in May 2019, has “a significant number of ISIL operatives in Kerala and Karnataka.”
Sharing their assessment of the impact of Covid-19 on ISIS and al-Qaida terrorist activities, the monitoring team said the restrictions imposed by member states had limited freedom of movement and disrupted terrorist planning.
“Restrictions on international travel significantly limit terrorist mobility, networking and financial related activities,” the UN report said.
According to the report, AQIS is operating under the Taliban umbrella of the Afghan provinces of Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar. AQIS, he claimed, is planning retaliatory attacks on the Indian subcontinent to avenge the death of its former leader.
On the restrictions related to Covid, he said: “The same restrictions have reduced the number of potential targets available worldwide. With public gatherings discouraged and venues closed, there are few targets available for terrorists seeking to launch ISIL-inspired attacks. This highlights ISIL’s operational limitations as it gave up its external operational capacity. Member states believe the group has increased the urgency with which it is trying to rebuild that capacity, “the report states.

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