NSG Commandos to Get Special Training Abroad to Counter ISIS Lone Wolf Attack
New Delhi, Nov 22: The National Security Guard (NSG) may soon send its commandos to Europe for a special training to deal with the ever-rising threat of lone wolf attacks. The NSG’s decision comes in the wake of recent incidents where attackers used vehicles to wreak havoc by mowing down people at crowded places.
The threat of a lone wolf attack in India has increased manifold particularly after central security agencies recently intercepted an audio clip believed to be of ISIS recruiter Abdul Rashid Abdulla. In the clip, Rashid can be heard calling for attack on Hindus during Kumbh Mela and and other places of religious significance.
In 10-minute-long audio clip, a male voice can be heard making clear references to Las Vegas shooting incident in which 58 people were killed and over 500 injured on the night of October 1.
“You use your intellect. Poison them in food. Use trucks. Drive over them at Thirssur Pooram or at Maha Kumbh Mela. IS Mujahideen are doing it in several parts of the world. In Las Vegas, one of our supporters killed many people at a music concert. At least you should try to derail a train. Or use a knife,” the male voice is heard saying in Malayalam in the recording.
According to Kerala Police sources, the said audio clip was transmitted over Telegram Messenger from a location somewhere in Afghanistan. (Also Read: 6 PFI Activists From Kannur Join ISIS in Syria, Claims Kerala Police)
Who is Abdul Rashid Abdulla
In a chargesheet filed earlier this year, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had named two suspected ISIS operatives from Kerala. Abdul Rashid Abdulla, one of the two men against whom the chargesheet was filed, was named as an ISIS recruiter who lured a number of youths from Kerala’s Kasargod to join the international terror group.
The NIA had established in its probe that Abdul Rashid Abdulla was the main conspirator who motivated a number of youths from Kasaragod to leave India along with their families to join the Islamic State. (Also Read: NIA team camps in Kerala to probe case of 21 missing youth suspected to have joined ISIS)
According to the investigation agency, he conducted classes at Kasaragod and other places in support of the terrorist organisation and “its ideology of violent jihad”. The NIA said the probe revealed that the conspiracy had been in operation since July, 2015.