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Counter-terrorism raids and disruption of Islamic State cell in India indicate declining NSAG capability and terrorism risk

28 December 2018
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On 26 December, India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) announced that it had disrupted an alleged Islamic State-linked cell named Harkat ul Harb e Islam, following 17 simultaneous raids conducted across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.

During the raids, the NIA arrested 10 suspects associated with the group and seized arms and ammunition, including 134 mobile-phone sim cards, 112 alarm clocks, 13 pistols, a rocket launcher, and about 25 kg of chemicals reportedly being used to make explosives. The NIA claims this group was preparing to carry out remote-controlled and suicide bombings at crowded places, targeting political representatives. Photographs of ammunition seized, circulated in Indian media, confirm that this homegrown group’s attack capability is low: these include rudimentary improvised explosives and pistols.





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