Russia detains Islamic State member planning attack in India: Report

Updated on Aug 22, 2022 08:21 PM IST

The member of the Islamic State, which is banned in Russia, was reportedly preparing a suicide attack against “one of the representatives of the ruling circles of India”

The report did not give further details of the intended target of the attack. (ANI image)
The report did not give further details of the intended target of the attack. (ANI image)

NEW DELHI: Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has detained a suicide bomber of the Islamic State for allegedly planning to carry out an attack in India in response to an insult to the Prophet Mohammed, according to a media report on Monday.

The member of the Islamic State, which is banned in Russia, was preparing a suicide attack against “one of the representatives of the ruling circles of India”, the state-run TASS news agency reported citing the public relations arm of FSB. The report did not give further details of the intended target.

The FSB identified and detained the Islamic State member, a citizen of a Central Asian country. According to the Russian intelligence service, the man was recruited by an Islamic State leader to act as a suicide bomber while he was in Turkey from April to June 2022.

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“His indoctrination was carried out remotely via Telegram messenger accounts and during personal meetings in Istanbul with an IS representative,” FSB’s public relations arm said.

A video of the man’s interrogation, which was released by the FSB, showed him saying that he had sworn allegiance to the Islamic State “amir” or leader in April, after which he underwent special training.

The man was given the task of travelling to Russia, acquiring the necessary documents and “flying to India to commit a terrorist act”, the FSB said.

“I was supposed to be given things there [India] to commit a terrorist attack at the behest of the IS for insulting the Prophet Mohammed,” the video showed the man as saying.

“The man planned to commit an act of terrorism against a member of India’s ruling circles by blowing himself up,” TASS reported.

Both Islamic State and al-Qaeda have played up the issue of controversial remarks against the Prophet Mohammed by two former BJP spokespersons. After the remarks were widely condemned by Muslim countries, especially in West Asia, the spokespersons were removed from their positions.

The Islamic State-Khorasan Province, which is based in Afghanistan, had threatened to carry out attacks in India in response to the controversial remarks against the Prophet Mohammed.

Earlier, al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent threatened to carry out suicide attacks in New Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh in response to the controversial comments.

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