'Significant numbers' of Daesh members in Kerala, Karnataka, claims UN report

Daesh terrorists in Kerala, Karnataka, UN report

The AQIS group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Pakistan.



By PTI

Published: Sun 26 Jul 2020, 9:34 AM

Last updated: Mon 27 Jul 2020, 8:24 AM

A UN report on terrorism has warned that there are "significant numbers" of Daesh terrorists in Kerala and Karnataka, noting that the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent terror group, which reportedly has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar, is planning attacks in the region.
The 26th report of the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team concerning Daesh, Al Qaeda and associated individuals and entities said that the Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) operates under the Taleban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.
"The group reportedly has between 150 and 200 members from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and Pakistan. The current leader of AQIS is Osama Mahmood., who succeeded the late Asim Umar. AQIS is reportedly planning retaliation operations in the region to avenge the death of its former leader," it said.
According to the report, "One member state reported that the Daesh Indian affiliate, which was announced on May 10, 2019, has between 180 and 200 members".

It said that there are "significant numbers of Daesh operatives in Kerala and Karnataka states." In May last year, the Daesh terror group claimed to have established a new "province" in India, the first of its kind announcement that came after clashes between militants and security forces in Kashmir.
A senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer had rejected the claim.

Previously, Daesh attacks in Kashmir were linked to its so-called Khorasan Province branch, which was set up in 2015 to cover "Afghanistan, Pakistan and nearby lands".


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