Terrorism & Insurgency

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

28 December 2018


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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