The latest UN report clearly stated that there are a huge number of ISIS terrorists hiding in Kerala and Karnataka. It further added that the al-Qaeda has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Indian subcontinent, and is planning to conduct attacks in the region. The report states that al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent operates under the Taliban umbrella from Nimruz, Helmand and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan. It further stated that the current leader of the terror group is Osama Mahmood, who succeeded the late Asim Umar. The group is planning an attack to avenge the death of its former leader. "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," the report stated.
Recently , National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested one ISIS operative in the ISIS Kerala module case. The anti-terror agency arrested the terrorist Mundadiguttu Sadananda Marla Deepthi Marlah alias Maryam in co-operation with Karnataka Police. Maryam is the daughter-in-law of B M Basha, son of former Ullal MLA late B M Idinabba. Idinbaba was a member of the Congress party and was elected as an MLA three times in the Karnataka state assembly from the Ullal constituency. Maryam was held after the NIA raided the house of Basha earlier in the day following her suspected ISIS links. Maryam is the wife of Anas Abdul Rahiman, a resident of Mangalore, and is connected with the investigation of the Kerala Module case. Maryam, who is from the Bunt community and belongs to the Kodagu district, fell in love with Anas while studying BDS at a college in Deralakatte here. Later, she converted to Islam and changed her name to Maryam. Earlier, NIA had conducted searches and arrested 11 accused persons for raising funds, radicalizing and motivating people to join ISIS. During the investigation, the agency said that it has been revealed that after the decline of ISIS Caliphate in Syria and Iraq, Maryam and Mohd. Ameen had visited Kashmir in January and March 2020 for Hijrah (Religious migration) and for engaging in terrorist acts and supporting the activities of ISIS. Few Months ago, National Investigation Agency arrested four people as it conducted simultaneous searches in Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka in connection with terror activities of a group propagating the violent ideology of the ISIS. the searches were carried out along with local police units at five locations -- three in Kashmir and one each in Bengaluru and Mangalore. The case pertains to terrorist activities of a group led by one Mohammed Ameen of Kerala. The group has been running various ISIS propaganda channels on different social media platforms such as Telegram, Hoop and Instagram for propagating the violent Jihadi ideology, and radicalising and recruiting new members to the terror module.
The “rule of the Caliphate in India” is among the lofty ideological goals the Kabul bombers associated with the ISIS-Khorasan are planning to indulge in, sources in intelligence agencies have said. Terrorists associated with ISIS-K, the sources said, had secured a strong foothold in Afghanistan after the country fell into the hands of Taliban. They said these elements had started working on their plan to export jihad to Central Asia and later to India. Intelligence inputs suggested that the ISIS-K leadership was now planning to recruit youngsters and carry out terror strikes. “On top of their ideological agenda is to establish the rule of the Caliphate, including in India,” the sources said. Youngsters from Kerala and Mumbai have already been there in the ranks of ISIS with the terror group finding significant traction among radicalised Indian youth. Another intelligence input suggested that Jaish-e-Mohammed leadership with the help of Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI has shifted base to Afghanistan’s Helmand province, bordering Kandahar. They said even the Lashkar-e-Taiba leadership, responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was shifting to Kunar in east Afghanistan. The sources said the two terror outfits, after shifting base to Afghanistan, had quickly joined hands with ISIS-K.