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Hyderabad men’s pledge shows close knowledge of Islamic State group

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After two failed attempts to travel to Syria and migrate to the Islamic State (IS) controlled Caliphate, Hyderabad resident Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani’s quest to support the dreaded terrorist organisation from India led him to form a group with like-minded people–later named as Jund ul Khalifa al Hind Fl Bilad- and owe their allegiance to the self-proclaimed Caliph Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The pledge or the bayah is a first step that formally places an individual or a group as a member of the IS wanting to carry acts of terrorism in its behalfThe National Investigating Agency has recovered the bayah made by Yazdani and others swearing loyalty to the leader of the terrorist organisation, signed and sent online to a handler claiming to be a member of the IS. The wording of the bayah made in Arabic as “we announce from South India that we pledge to an oath under AI Sheikh Abu Bakr lbrahim bin Al Hawwad Albadri AI Hussaini Al Hashmi AI Qurashi’,” an honorific reserved for the Islamic Caliph, shows the men had close knowledge on the workings and protocols of IS and were deeply indoctrinated with IS ideology, NIA officials said. According to Arabic custom followed by al Qaeda and IS, the bayah is made to the leader of the group and not in the name of the terrorist organisation.The bayah uploaded by the Hyderabad men on gulf-up.com is now a crucial part of evidence in the charge sheet filed by the NIA in the Hyderabad module case to indict the accused of conspiring to commit terrorist acts on behalf of the IS.”As a first step to support the IS from lndia, the online handler guided Yazdani that first a bayah has to be taken in favor of the Caliph, which has to be signed and sent, and forwarded to the lS,” the charge-sheet reads. Yazdani gathered seven other men who shared the IS ideology of salafi jihadism and decided to stay in India and plan the terror attacks. “Some members of the group had the intention to target policemen and police station and had plotted the coordinates of the police stations in Hyderabad,” the charge-sheet states.”If they had been successful in committing an attack, IS would have claimed responsibility for it on the basis of the bayah. The written bayah makes it easier for the IS to take credit for an attack and show that it has members supporting its cause in India,” the NIA investigating officer told dna on condition of anonymity as he is not authorized to talk to the media.The IS makes it mandatory for its followers to swear allegiance, document the oath publicly and send it to its leaders, if they want to carry out acts of terror in its name.In the 12th issue of the IS’s mouthpiece magazine Dabiq, titled ‘Just Terror’, prospective followers are advised to “record his will, renew his bay’ah oath of allegiance, carry the Khilafah banner, and strike the crusaders and their pagan and apostate allies wherever he can find them, even if he is alone.”Recently, the IS made the bayah given by Berlin Christmas market attacker Anis Amri public on its online communication channels after he was shot dead in Italy by policemen, taking responsibility for the attack. The IS only acknowledges the bayah following the death of an attacker or once an attack is successful. In the past the terrorist organization has accepted pledge from individuals made in the form of video and audio in the Orlando and San Bernardino shooting in the US, thus claiming credit for the attack, even when they were not members or directed to make the attack by the IS.

DNA Morning Must Reads: PM kicks off development projects; Harjeet Singh talks hockey; Christmas 2016, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. PM Modi sounds BMC poll bugle with Mumbai growth pitch; kicks off projects worth Rs 1.06 lakh crEyeing ensuing elections, including the one to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday underlined the importance of development. Read more here2. From Saudi Arabia to Hyderabad, journey of ‘Army of the Caliph in South India’When 30-year-old Hyderabad youth Ibrahim Yazdani returned to his city from Saudi Arabia, he was convinced that ISIS was fighting a justifiable war against President Bashar Al Assad’s forces. Continue reading here3. Budget 2017: PM promises more difficult reforms; wants higher taxes from marketWith a little over two months left for the Budget, Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised more “sound and prudent economic policies.” Read more here4. For 10 days, 25 of us were a family. We played like one as well: Harjeet SinghIndia’s World Cup-winning junior hockey captain Harjeet Singh talks about secret to his team’s incredible journey to title, his belief in this bunch repeating their heroics for seniors and why he made cups of tea for his teammates. Read more here5. DNA After Hrs goes the Grinch way for Christmas, gifts stars naughty giftsHo, Ho, Ho! Here’s what our bad Santa wants to gift these stars. He doesn’t have a naughty-or-nice list. But they’re sure getting something from us. Read more here

Security agencies capable of dealing with ISIS threat: Rajnath Singh

Amidst the growing attempts by ISIS to lure youths into its fold, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said the security agencies were capable of dealing with any threat posed by the terror group. “We have the capacity to meet any threat. We will face it,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.The Home Minister’s comments came when asked about the ISIS threat in the country. Last week, 14 youths were arrested by the NIA and other security agencies after they allegedly formed a module on the pattern of dreaded ISIS to carry out strikes at vital installations. The simultaneous raids were carried out in five states of Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh where the suspects were arrested. They were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a terror group which has almost similar ideologies that of ISIS.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to Indian intelligence agencies, a total of 23 Indians have so far joined the ISIS of which six were reportedly killed in different incidents in Iraq-Syria.Among the 23 are two absconding members of the banned Indian Mujahideen who had gone from their hideouts in Pakistan. The dead were identified as Athif Vaseem Mohammad (Adilabad, Telangana), Mohammad Umar Subhan (Bangalore, Karnataka), Maulana Abdul Kadir Sultan Armar (Bhatkal, Karnataka), Saheem Farooque Tanki (Thane, Maharashtra), Faiz Masood (Bangalore, Karnataka) and Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid (Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh).Around 150 Indians are under surveillance for their alleged online links with ISIS. As many as 30 other Indians, who were radicalised by ISIS elements, were prevented from travelling to the conflict zone in the Middle-East.Among those who are currently fighting for ISIS include two youths from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai, an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.On September 15, 2015, the UAE deported four Indians suspected to have links with ISIS. The UAE had also sent back in September last year a 37-year-old woman Afsha Jabeen alias Nicky Joseph who was allegedly involving in recruiting youths for ISIS.In January 2015, Salman Mohiuddin of Hyderabad was arrested when he was preparing to board a flight to Dubai on way to Syria via Turkey. There have been reports that some elements, who support the ISIS, have posted messages in regional languages, including Hindi and Tamil.

14 youths in touch with alleged ex-IM handler; NIA probes

Fourteen youths arrested recently by NIA for allegedly planning to carry out attacks ahead of Republic Day were in touch with an handler who was earlier with Indian Mujahideen and now maintains strong links with terror group ISIS.Official sources said these 14 men were in constant touch with each other since this month and were taking instructions from Safi Armar alias Yusuf, a former member of the Indian Mujahideen and believed to have strong links with ISIS. They said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will soon approach its foreign counterparts in order to locate the Internet servers used by these men while chatting and collect evidence in this regard.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The sources said they were also in touch with some people who were nabbed by Delhi Police from Uttarakhand’s Roorkee and the four youths who had disappeared sometime ago from Malwani, Mulund and Malad areas of Maharashtra. While two returned, the other two had joined ISIS. These 14 were in touch with the other two people also, they claimed.NIA has arrested 14 people belonging to ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa -e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), the Indian wing of IS, who were picked up from various parts of the country for allegedly planning to carry out strikes at important installations.The agency claimed that the accused were regularly in touch with active members of ISIS in Syria through Internet chatting via Skype, Signal and Trillion and were also using the social networking sites to motivate young men to join the feared terror outfit which has captured vast swathes in Syria and Iraq. Those arrested included Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, the self- styled ‘Ameer’ of group. He was the man behind raising the outfit after earlier attempts by the global terror organisation to set up its base in the sub-continent failed, the sources said. Shaikh, who assumed the title of ‘Ameer’, supposedly under instructions from Baghdadi himself, was active on some of the social networking sites.The idea behind setting up the terror group in India was to extend Baghdadi’s fearsome ‘Caliphate’, sources said, adding his custodial interrogation may help the security agencies unravel the plans of the organisation.The NIA had registered a case in 2015 after “credible information” was received that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Dawlah-al Islamiyah fil-Iraq wa-sh Sham (DAISH), has been engaged in radicalising Indian youth and motivating them to join the terrorist organisation.All 14 were instructed to keep on changing their email ids regularly also, they said.

Two more of ISIS-linked terror group detained; to be handed over to NIA

Two more people have been detained by central security agencies in connection with the recently busted pan-India terror module owing allegiance to the Islamic State and will to be handed over to the NIA soon.Continuing with its operations against the group, the security agencies picked up a youth from Hyderabad and another person from Maharashtra, official sources said, adding both of them were likely to be handed over to the NIA tomorrow, official sources said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two, whose names have been withheld, were being questioned by a joint team of intelligence agencies.NIA has so far arrested 14 people belonging to ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), the Indian wing of ISIS, who were picked up from various parts of the country for allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes at important installations.NIA claimed that the accused were regularly in touch with active members of ISIS in Syria through Internet chatting via ‘Skype’, ‘Signal’ and ‘Trillion’ and were also using the social networking sites to motivate young men to join the feared terror outfit which has captured vast swathes in Syria and Iraq.Those arrested included Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, the self-styled ‘Ameer’ of group. He was the man behind raising the outfit after earlier attempts by the global terror organisation to set up its base in the sub-continent failed, official sources said.Shaikh, who assumed the title of ‘Ameer’, supposedly under instructions from Baghdadi himself, was active on some of the social networking sites.The idea behind setting up the terror group in India was to extend Baghdadi’s fearsome ‘Caliphate’, sources said, adding his custodial interrogation may help the security agencies unravel the plans of the organisation.The NIA had registered a case in 2015 after “credible information” was received that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Dawlah-al Islamiyah fil-Iraq wa-sh Sham (DAISH), has been engaged in radicalising Indian youth and motivating them to join the terrorist organisation.

Two more of ISIS-linked terror group detained

Two more people have been detained by central security agencies in connection with the recently busted pan-India terror module owing allegiance to the Islamic State and will to be handed over to the NIA soon.Continuing with its operations against the group, the security agencies picked up a youth from Hyderabad and another person from Maharashtra, official sources said, adding both of them were likely to be handed over to the NIA tomorrow, official sources said. The two, whose names have been withheld, were being questioned by a joint team of intelligence agencies.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>NIA has so far arrested 14 people belonging to ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), the Indian wing of ISIS, who were picked up from various parts of the country for allegedly planning to carry out terror strikes at important installations. NIA claimed that the accused were regularly in touch with active members of ISIS in Syria through Internet chatting via ‘Skype’, ‘Signal’ and ‘Trillion’ and were also using the social networking sites to motivate young men to join the feared terror outfit which has captured vast swathes in Syria and Iraq.Those arrested included Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, the self-styled ‘Ameer’ of group. He was the man behind raising the outfit after earlier attempts by the global terror organisation to set up its base in the sub-continent failed, official sources said. Shaikh, who assumed the title of ‘Ameer’, supposedly under instructions from Baghdadi himself, was active on some of the social networking sites.The idea behind setting up the terror group in India was to extend Baghdadi’s fearsome ‘Caliphate’, sources said, adding his custodial interrogation may help the security agencies unravel the plans of the organisation.The NIA had registered a case in 2015 after “credible information” was received that the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), also known as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or Dawlah-al Islamiyah fil-Iraq wa-sh Sham (DAISH), has been engaged in radicalising Indian youth and motivating them to join the terrorist organisation.

NIA arrests nine more for IS links

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday placed nine more people under arrest for allegedly planning to carry out terror attacks in major Indian cities.The latest arrest is part of a nationwide crackdown on individuals influenced by the dreaded terror group Islamic State (IS).According to NIA, the accused had organised themselves after owing allegiance to extremist ideologies and had allegedly procured material which could have been used to make explosives.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Those arrested include Bengaluru residents Asif Ali (21), Suhail Ahmed (23) and Muhammed Abdul Ahad (46).From Hyderabad, the NIA arrested Mohammed Obedullah Khan (33) and Abu Anas (24).From Mumbai’s Mazgaon, 36-year-old Mohmmad Hussain Khan was arrested. Aurangabad resident Imran Khan Pathan, who was initially detained, was put under arrest later in the evening.Syed Mujahid, 33, was arrested from Tumkur in Karnataka and 20-year-old Mohammad Aleem was picked up from his hometown in Lucknow.”The suspects were planning to establish a channel of procurement of explosives and weapons, identify locations for training camps and motivate new recruits,” an NIA official said.According to sources, those arrested were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a group established on the lines of IS.Muttabir Mushtaq Sheikh, 33, who was arrested on Friday from Thane, one of the arrested had designated himself as ‘ameer’ (chief) of the group and Huda as ‘ameer-e-wyulat’ (chief of finance) and they were in touch through the Internet with some persons believed to be from the IS based in Syria, sources said.Preliminary investigations have found that he had acquired Rs 6 lakh to carry out terror activities, claimed sources, adding that the NIA had recovered improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from Sheikh. Agencies have also recovered IED material from one of the youths arrested in Hyderabad.The arrested youths have been found to have established links with ex-IM (Indian Mujahideen) kingpin Sheikh Shafi Armar, who had escaped to Afghanistan after a nationwide crackdown on IM.Armar had acquired the pseudo name of Yusuf to establish links with all these 14 youths. Armar is suspected to have joined IS after his elder brother died in Syria after joining the IS. However, sources said that whether the group is part of the IS is difficult to say and is a matter of investigation.The crackdown comes days before the Republic Day parade, in which French president Francois Hollande is the chief guest. The arrests are being seen as an attempt by the security agencies to foil the ‘lone wolf’ kind of attacks that recently created havoc in Paris and Jakarta.

13 suspected Islamic State sympathisers arrested across India for plotting terror attacks

In a crackdown ahead of Republic Day, the NIA has arrested 13 suspected ISIS sympathisers for plotting attacks in different parts of the country.Of the 14 suspects detained yesterday, 13 have been arrested, according to a Home Ministry spokesman.The arrests were made following simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities–Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow on Saturday with the support of local police forces.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Circuits for detonating explosives were recovered during the searches.The NIA said that certain incriminating articles, including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos and certain material for preparation of bombs were recovered from these places.”These individuals were planning and making efforts to establish a channel of procurement of explosives/weapons, identify locations to organize training camps including training of firearms, motivate new recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India,” it said.The NIA said it received information that certain individuals from different cities in the country were in the process of organizing themselves to commit terrorist acts in different parts of the country.According to sources, the arrested people were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a terror group which has almost similar ideologies that of ISIS.They said the suspects had been under surveillance for quite sometime and the decision to arrest them was taken as the group received ‘instructions’ for carrying out ‘some sensational’ attacks in the country.The group had started receiving money through ‘hawala’ route and according to Home Ministry spokesman “Sheikh also received funds to the tune of Rs 6 lakh.” All the arrested suspects were being brought to the national capital for detailed interrogation as preliminary enquiry indicated that they were working on evolving a terror outfit with ideologies similar to ISIS.

Terror crackdown: NIA picks up 14 ISIS sympathisers across country

In a major anti-terror swoop across the country ahead of Republic Day, the NIA on Friday took into custody 14 people suspected to be ISIS sympathisers for plotting attacks in different parts of the country.Of the 14 suspects, six have been arrested while eight have been detained for further questioning, the National Investigation Agency said tonight. A possible attack may have been averted with the crackdown that came at a time when the country was in a state of heightened alert, as investigators questioned the arrested people. Some of them were stated to be software engineers.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The arrests were made following simultaneous searches and raids conducted at 12 locations in six cities–Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow with the support of local police forces. ATS, Maharashtra also conducted raids/ reaches at 2 other locations. In a press statement, the NIA said that certain incriminating articles, including but not limited to mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos and certain material for preparation of bombs were recovered from these places.”These individuals were planning and making efforts to establish a channel of procurement of explosives/weapons, identify locations to organize training camps including training of firearms, motivate new recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India,” it said. The NIA said it received information that certain individuals from different cities in the country were in the process of organizing themselves to commit terrorist acts in different parts of the country.NIA gave the names of those arrested as Muttabir Mustaq Sheikh(33) from Thane district near Mumbai, Mohammad Nafees Khan(24) of Hyderabad, Mohammad Shareef Moinuddin Khan(54) of Hyderabad, Najmul Huda(25) of Mangalore and Mohammad Afzal(35) of Bangalore. The name of the sixth arrested person was not yet known. Family members of some of the arrested people claimed they have nothing to do with any terror plot and that they were innocent.The verification of the background of the 14 people picked up is in progress, the NIA said. According to sources, the arrested people were part of a group named ‘Janood-ul-Khalifa-e-Hind’ (Army of Caliph of India), a terror group which has almost similar ideologies that of ISIS.Sheikh had designated himself as ‘Ameer’ (Chief) of the group and Huda as ‘Ameer-e-Wyulat’ (finance) and they were in touch on Internet with some persons believed to be from ISIS based in Syria, the sources said.They said the suspects had been under surveillance for quite sometime and the decision to arrest them was taken as the group received ‘instructions’ for carrying out ‘some sensational’ attacks in the country.The group had started receiving money through ‘hawala’ route and according to Home Ministry spokesman “Sheikh also received funds to the tune of Rs 6 lakh.” All the arrested suspects were being brought to the national capital for detailed interrogation as preliminary enquiry indicated that they were working on evolving a terror outfit with ideologies similar to ISIS.