Wagah bomb blast: Taliban group vows ‘revenge’ against PM Narendra Modi

Hours after attack, hardline Taliban faction raises ‘killing of Muslims in Kashmir, Gujarat’

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: November 5, 2014 4:10 pm
Narendra Modi will land in Australia on November 15. Narendra Modi will land in Australia on November 15.

The terrorist group that carried out Sunday’s murderous suicide bombing at Wagah has followed it up with a threat to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“You are the killer of hundreds of Muslims,” Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar (TTP-JA) spokesperson ‘Ehsanullah Ehsan’ said in a message released on his Twitter feed on Monday, hours after claiming responsibility for the Wagah strike, “We w(il)l take the revenge of innocent people of Kashmir and Gujarat” (sic).

Modi has been briefed at least twice in the last fortnight on the growing threat from complex webs of transnational jihadist groups operating from Pakistan’s war-torn north-west and their new Indian affiliates, who give them the assets needed to execute their threats.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the launch of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) membership drive at party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo) Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the launch of Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) membership drive at party headquarters in New Delhi on Saturday. (Source: PTI photo)

One arm of the Indian Mujahideen, led by Karachi-based Riyaz Shahbandri and his lieutenant Muhammad Ahmad Zarar Siddibapa, has merged into al-Qaeda, intelligence officials say. The rival Indian Mujahideen group, known as the Ansar-ul-Tauheed, is training at camps run by the TTP-JA.

Each of the groups who have acquired Indian partners have rejected talks with the Pakistani government, instead committing to the destruction of the Pakistani state.

Led by Maulana Qasim, the TTP-JA was founded in September by commanders who rejected the Tehreek-e-Taliban’s decision to talk to the Pakistani government. Inspired by the Islamic State, its leadership also has close personal ties with al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Its key commander, journalist-turned-jihadist Omar Khalid Khorasani, seeks to overthrow the Pakistani government, impose shari’a, seize the country’s nuclear weapons, and wage jihad until “the Caliphate is established across the world”. In February, Omar Khalid executed 23 Pakistani soldiers by beheading, a message both to pro-dialogue commanders and the army.

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Al-Zawahiri, in turn, has created a new subcontinental wing of al-Qaeda, that has threatened strikes against India. Indian Mujahideen cadre have been training with the new Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) for over a year, and Indian intelligence services have told the Prime Minister attempted strikes could be just months, or even weeks, away.

Leaders of the Indian Mujahideen and the central leadership of al-Qaeda, communications decrypted by the National Investigation Agency suggest, began negotiations on a merger in mid-2013. The effort was led by Karachi-based Riyaz Shahbandri, who wanted a new patron to break free of restraints placed on the group’s operations by his erstwhile mentor, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate.

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In a May 24, 2013 chat, the individual the NIA identifies as Shahbandri told Siddibapa — also known as ‘Yasin Bhatkal’ — he had just completed a visit to Pakistan’s north-west to meet with a top al-Qaeda commander on merging the Indian Mujahideen and al-Qaeda The al-Qaeda commander Shahbandri met, sources say, was most likely Asim Umar, the Gujarat-born, Delhi-raised seminary student who now heads AQIS. Last month, The Indian Express revealed Umar had arrived in Pakistan in the late-1990s from Dubai, and began studies at the Jamia Uloom-e-Islamia-a Karachi seminary that produced several influential jihadist leaders Umar, the sources said, was mentored by Nizamuddin Shamzai, a cleric closely linked to the Taliban who once bragged of being treated as a “state guest” in Mullah Muhammad Omar’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.

Later, al-Zawahiri appointed Umar as the head of al-Qaeda’s shari’a committee, a key institution that provides ideological guidance to the group.

Following his meetings with Shahbandri, Umar released a number of calls for jihad by Indian Muslims — an effort to gather recruits for the organisation. In the summer 2013 issue of the jihadist magazine Azan, he asked “Indian Muslim scholars and masses why the jihad battlefields remain deprived of their blessed presence — especially when history shows that their ancestors always raised the banner of jihad against the enemies of Islam.”
In the article, Umar invoked anti-Muslim communal violence in India, saying “the Red Fort in front of the mosque cries tears of blood at your slavery and mass killing at the hands of the Hindus”.

Following the Indian Mujahideen’s absorption into the al-Qaeda umbrella in the summer, investigators believe, the new organisation set multiple plans in place. Among them, attacking visiting tourists from Israel, blowing up petrochemical facilities or trains, and assassinations of police officials involved in counter-terrorism work. Notably, Shahbandri revealed that al-Qaeda had already had a functioning network in India, run by an individual who was connected with Uttar Pradesh.

“No one knows whether those plans were found to be workable”, a senior intelligence official said, “and what stage of execution they might be at now”.

Elements of the Indian Mujahideen network hostile to the Shahbandri’s leadership, meanwhile, sought other patrons. In a July 18, 2013, message filed in court by the NIA, an individual alleged to be Azamgarh-born fugitive Mirza Shadab Beigh also told Siddibapa that negotiations with al-Qaeda had reached an advanced stage. Five separate groups had now allied under al-Qaeda’s command, he said, to launch operations in India.

Beigh, however, wasn’t impressed with what al-Qaeda had to offer. He described the group’s ethnic-Pashtun fighters as “bulk with no brain”, “cheap manpower for jihad and Fidayeen work”. Their cadre, he said, were unsuited to work in India, imagining that one could walk about the country with weapons in their hands, as they did in Afghanistan.

The Indian Mujahideen dissidents thus set up a new group called the Tauhid al-Ansar-which has released multiple video-tapes of its cadre training at Taliban camps for what it says will be a wave of fidayeen strikes in India.

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      Ashok Chowgule
      Nov 5, 2014 at 2:48 am
      Just like the rulers in stan wants not just the Kashmir Valley but the w of India, similarly the goal of Islamic terrorists is not to kill Narendra Modi but to dominate the w world. I hope that the author does understand this simple fact.Namaste.Ashok Chowgule
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        ss
        Nov 5, 2014 at 8:03 am
        A crack indian team shall be formed which shall annihilate anyone threatening its PM and President. Other countries also have such crack teams.
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          Bharet Vij
          Nov 5, 2014 at 5:19 am
          Message to s: Become True Jihadists by changing your own self first. When you reach the pinnacle of all you can be as mortals, then follow some "Qaeda" and "Qanoon" of the countries, you are present in. If you are still not satisfied, write an open letter in the English newspapers voicing your genuine grievances. Listen to what others have to say about your grievances. You may end up changing your view point. Note, there will be some that might even support your stand but not your violent murderous methods, which Islam is against. Don't forget you belong to the highly civilized Arabic civilization, don't give that great civilization unnecessarily a bad name.Some action may even be taken based on your grievances. Then decide your next course, violence and murder is for cowards who cannot let truth stand on its own two feet. Enter into a dialogue first with the countries or are you disgraceful cowards that give Islam a bad name?
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            Bharet Vij
            Nov 5, 2014 at 5:19 am
            Message to s: Become True Jihadists by changing your own self first. When you reach the pinnacle of all you can be as mortals, then follow some "Qaeda" and "Qanoon" of the countries, you are present in. If you are still not satisfied, write an open letter in the English newspapers voicing your genuine grievances. Listen to what others have to say about your grievances. You may end up changing your view point. Note, there will be some that might even support your stand but not your violent murderous methods, which Islam is against. Don't forget you belong to the highly civilized Arabic civilization, don't give that great civilization unnecessarily a bad name.Some action may even be taken based on your grievances. Then decide your next course, violence and murder is for cowards who cannot let truth stand on its own two feet. Enter into a dialogue first with the countries or are you disgraceful cowards that give Islam a bad name?
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              IndianWellWisher
              Nov 5, 2014 at 9:16 pm
              Get serious in life - get something done instead of just pointing fingers,
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                Justanotherindian
                Nov 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm
                This is stupid... but i expect muslims from india to raise their voice now... I dont remember any leader from muslim parties giving support to modi... or is it not shown in the news... atleast in this forum, inidan muslims can raise their voice against any terrorist organizations' plans...!!!
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                  Prapur
                  Nov 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm
                  That is not true. Well educated and having comfortable life in USA & other western countries Muslims have committed act of terrorism many times. The funding also comes from Petro dollars of gulf countries and stani Muslim origin..
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                    lets open
                    Nov 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm
                    it was muslims killed.why cant people open there eyes if the taliban was muslims why would they kill there own.yet muslims are being killed everyday by everyone and also take the blame for killing.this is all fake this could be America an England killing on both side's. when will India and stan realise the real enemy is the west.if they where together and england dis not divide them, then today india would of been a bigger power then America.
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                      lets open
                      Nov 5, 2014 at 8:44 pm
                      not muslims...muslims dont kill muslims.plus islam teaches peace. muslims are people like dc zakir naik who is a proud Indian. real muslims dont bomb innocent people
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                        lets open
                        Nov 5, 2014 at 8:43 pm
                        when will you people open ypur eyes the taliban are trained by america.if they where muslims why would they kill muslims...do u see a hindu kill a hindu or a jew kill a jew... england Muslim's and people from other religions live like family but in stan and India there soooo much hate yet if they knew that they where a threat for the west thats why the west divided them in the first place they wouldnt fight.we could of been a bigger power then America.
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                          lets open
                          Nov 5, 2014 at 8:38 pm
                          who are the top muslims do u see any..all leaders are choosen by america the leaders dont care about there ppl we muslims dont have proper muslims leading our countrys...muslims are being attacked and blamed.and we all believe what we see on news.and yes we do condem the killing of innocent people we dont like it its against islam.but why dont bobody see us being killed in iraq Syria many more.
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                            Vijay
                            Nov 5, 2014 at 12:28 pm
                            I think Indian Muslims are just fed up of these stuffs. For every terror activity they fear that they would be dragged into it.
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                              Amit
                              Nov 5, 2014 at 9:18 am
                              MAd zombies need quick disposal.
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                                Amit
                                Nov 5, 2014 at 9:18 am
                                MAd zombies need quick disposal.
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                                  Amit
                                  Nov 5, 2014 at 4:09 am
                                  Nuking stan is the only solution in the long run although there might be some collateral damage.
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                                    Amit
                                    Nov 5, 2014 at 4:09 am
                                    Nuking stan is the only solution in the long run although there might be some collateral damage.
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                                      Proud
                                      Nov 5, 2014 at 9:05 am
                                      Muslims who are innocent should condemn such terrorist organisation...or else they will be considered part of it. Why our top Muslims are quiet when such threats are made? Why dont they pledge to protect our PM at any cost?
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                                        499tiger
                                        Nov 6, 2014 at 6:41 am
                                        I thought Modi was always under a threat ever since Mrs Sonia hi and her cohorts like kapil Sibal Teesta Setalvad etc called him "maut ka saudagar' In fact they did the job for Saudi Arabia, Hafiz, Imam of Jamma Masjid and Owasis.What is so new about this threat.The PM security have their hands full. I am sure they will be able to protect him unlike Congress who could not protect Rajiv hi.
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                                          Satyameva Jayate
                                          Nov 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm
                                          ..... and they should appoint you for the directorship of RAW. Nahin?
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                                            Satyameva Jayate
                                            Nov 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm
                                            Ahhhh,another wise guy. Especially someone who believes in the concept of "interest". And Roger, India doesn't need to engage in any pre-emptive strikes and such; we have other priorities as a nation.
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