Indian jihadists group calls for attacks on western nationals
NEW DELHI: An Indian jihadists group - Ansar al-Tawhid
fi’Bilad al-Hind - based in Pakistan’s northwest border area, has called on
supporters to stage attacks on western nationals, in an Eid message released
online late on Friday. “If you are in the fortunate position to kill an
American or European, whether French or Australian or Canadian, or other
unbelievers who have declared war on the Islamic State, then do so,” the
declaration exhorts followers in India.
The exhortation was made in a speech delivered by
Maulana Abdul Rehman al-Nadwi al-Hindi — a pseudonym, Indian intelligence
services believe, for fugitive jihadist Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar, a 39-year-old
former resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka who trained as a cleric at the
Dar-ul-Uloom Nadwat-ul-Ullema seminary in Lucknow.
“Kill the mushrik (idolators) wherever you find them…
shoot them if you can, stab them, throw stones at their heads, poison them, run
them over, burn their fields — and if you are unable… spit in their faces,” he
says in the speech. “Target the security forces, the agents, and the helpers of
the oppressors, cut down their beds (so they might not rest), harry their every
He adds: “Spilling the blood of civilians and soldiers
are both permitted… (for) the blood of an unbeliever is like the blood of a
Indian jihadists have been involved in attacks on
western nationals — the suicide bombing of Glasgow airport in 2007, conducted
by Bangalore-origin scientist Kafeel Ahmad, and a September 2010 Indian
Mujahideen (IM) attack outside Delhi’s Jama Masjid which left two Taiwanese
tourists injured. This is, however, the first call by any mainly-Indian
jihadist group to attack western nationals.
Ansar al-Tawhid fi’Bilad al-Hind — or the Companions
of Monotheism in India — is made up of breakaway members of the IM, whose
Karachi-based leadership is wanted by Interpol for a series of urban bombings
that has claimed hundreds of lives since 2005.
In his speech, “Maulana Abdul Rehman” says his call is
the outcome of western air strikes on the Dawlah Islaymiyya — or Islamic State
declared by jihadist leader Ibrahim al-Awwad al-Badri in parts of Iraq and
Syria. He pledges loyalty to al-Badri, acknowledging his status as Caliph, or
ruler of all Muslims. “The Prophet established a state in Medina, just a few
kilometres large, and it swelled to thousands of kilometres. The hypocrites and
apostates fear this will happen again, and have united to extinguish the light
of Allah to be extinguished,” he says.