Asim Umar, the head of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent or AQIS, has reportedly asked Indian Muslims to “rise up and to follow the example of lone wolf attackers in Europe”.
The report has been published by the US-based SITE intelligence groups which tracks terror networks across the world.
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman Al-Zawahiri announced the creation of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) about two years ago. Its leader Asim Umar is from India.
Late June, United States put AQIS in the ‘foreign terrorist organisation’ list and named Umar as a global terrorist.
Last December, The Indian Express had first reported that Umar is from Sambhal in Uttar Pradesh and was known as Sanaul Haq. He studied at the Darul Uloom Deoband seminary before moving to Pakistan in the late 1990s.
The banned Ansar-al-Islam claims to be the Bangladesh division of AQIS. In April, it had claimed responsibility for the murder of Nazimuddin Samad, a student activist.
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