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Islamist Terror Groups to Target Jewish Establishments in Mumbai, Goa: Indian Intel

Islamist Terror Groups to Target Jewish Establishments in Mumbai, Goa: Indian Intel

Intel agencies warn of a “possible strike by an al-Qaida cell at Jewish residential establishments or synagogues.”

Indian intelligence services have warned of Islamist terror attacks on Jewish synagogues and residential apartments in the cities of Delhi, Mumbai and Goa, local media reports say.

Indian authorities are taking the threat very seriously by beefing up security around Israeli diplomatic missions, synagogues, and other Jewish institutions.

The intelligence agencies have pointed to al-Qaida affiliates and ISIS-inspired terror cells for carrying out such attacks. The terror alert comes some ten years after the deadly Mumbai attacks of 2008, which included the siege at the city’s Chabad Lubavitch Jewish center. The terrorist murdered six Jewish hostages, including a rabbi and his pregnant wife.

The newspaper Times of India reported the latest intelligence assessment:

Intelligence agencies have alerted police in Delhi, Mumbai and Goa about twin threats from Islamic State and al-Qaida, sources said. The two inputs, which warn of avenging the New Zealand incident and possible strike on Jewish establishments, have come in a span of four days.

The inputs suggest that terrorists might try to use a vehicle or a knife in the attacks. The agencies have suggested an increase in vigil around the Israeli Embassy, Consulate General in Mumbai as well as synagogues and Chabad houses, sources said.

The first alert, dated March 20, talks of IS and connected cells planning to avenge the attack in Christchurch, New Zealand in which 50 people died. A 29-year-old Australian citizen, Brenton Tarrant, had entered two mosques with automatic weapons and opened indiscriminate fire.

The input reads: “As per the information received from multiple sources, an audio speech of IS spokesperson Abu Hassan al-Muhajir is being circulated on closed online groups and chat platforms wherein Muhajir is heard calling on his supporters to avenge the massacre at the mosques. This audio and other chatter indicates intent to avenge the incident. Appropriate action may be taken in this connection.”

Sources in Delhi Police said that deployment outside places of worship has been increased. “We are keeping a close watch on developments,” an officer said.

The second input, dated March 23, is about a possible strike by an al-Qaida cell at Jewish residential establishments or synagogues. The chatter intercepted by agencies indicates execution of an attack using “non-conventional” weapons. “The attack may be in the form of a lone wolf using a knife or a car or truck,” it said. For Goa, the inputs specifically mention a few places.

India has long been on the cross-hairs of the Islamic terror groups. For decades, the Hindu-majority country has faced a sustained jihadist campaign in the Muslim-dominated region of Kashmir. Islamic terrorists have killed an estimated 20,000 Indians since the early 1990s.

Much of this jihad terrorism has been directed from the neighboring Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Hafiz Saeed, is still operating freely in the country. In early 2018, Saeed was seen sharing the stage with the Palestinian envoy at an ‘anti-Trump’ rally in the northern Pakistan city of Rawalpindi. The duo was protesting the U.S. president’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took office five years ago, Israel-India relations have grown by leaps and bounds. High level diplomatic visits have been accompanied by record growth in tourism between the two countries. While India remains popular among young Israeli backpackers, the Jewish State has emerged a top destination for affluent Indians tourists. These growing diplomatic and cultural ties have increasingly drawn the ire of Muslim countries and Islamist terror groups.

India has been actively seeking Israeli expertise in combating terrorism. Indian special forces are training with their Israeli counterparts to hone anti-terrorism skills. Indian law enforcement officers have also visited the Israel’s National Police Academy to learn from Israeli experts. In the wake of the surging Islamic terrorism, India and Israel will have to work even more closely to counter the shared threat.

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casualobserver | March 27, 2019 at 7:32 am

Wait for it…..the moment the first cell even attempts to attack an establishment the media will begin producing “think pieces” about how Trump’s policies on Jerusalem and Golan Heights are the catalyst using tortured logic. 3, 2, 1…..

Since Islam emerged around 700 – 800 years ago it has been at war with the world in an effort to achieve global domination. During the 20th century there was an unexplained lull in this effort, but now it appears that this lull is over and that Islamists are now ramping up their efforts to continue their war/effort.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Cleetus. | March 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Islam was founded about 1400 years ago by a barbarian who had murdered his way to power, as a means to consolidate his power. I believe that the world should enforce a 100,000 to one kill ratio in response to Muslim murders, and if that does not reign them in raise it to 1,000,000 to one.

We never see Bhuddists fighting Christians or Jews hunting down Hindus. Why is it that the Moslems are ALWAYS fighting everyone?

    casualobserver in reply to MattMusson. | March 27, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Not sure talking the history of religions is that productive. It’s not like Christianity has a blemish-free record. And that isn’t just a reference to the Crusades. Converting peoples in the New World was not without what are today seen as massive human rights violations. Etc.

    But if you frame it just as a late 20th century and early 21st century problem, it’s hard to argue. However, the hard left across the globe is working hard to turn words into “violence” too, now. And in places with weaker free speech protections they are winning. So just having a religion define and announce certain sins might be equated to blowing up a synagogue by them these days. Crazy times.

      Valerie in reply to casualobserver. | March 27, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Everything everybody did at the time involved massive human rights violations. Blaming it on religion generally is inappropriate.

        casualobserver in reply to Valerie. | March 27, 2019 at 10:07 am

        Sure. And that’s analogous to what makes the left’s argument in the U.S. about how we were founded by evil white men so baseless. But it has nothing to do with my point. Which is that religions have long been tied to violence and death. Some who were affected might even call it terrorism now, even if not in the day. Convert or die, for example. Only if you look at it in a narrow and modern window might you find a difference.

        It’s just not a strong argument against one religion. So proceed with caution, is my message.

      The Crusades were a counterattack against Islamist attacks and expansion in the Holy Land. Ultimately didn’t work, but it wasn’t a situation of the Christians attacking peaceful Muslims for no reason.

        Milhouse in reply to Edward. | March 28, 2019 at 2:33 am

        The Crusades were a situation of the Christians attacking and massacring peaceful Jews for no reason. Every Ashkenazi synagogue still says prayers and laments for the martyrs of 1096.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to MattMusson. | March 27, 2019 at 9:17 am

    Why, because the are dumb enough to to be Muslim.

    Milhouse in reply to MattMusson. | March 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    We see plenty of Buddhists fighting others in Sri Lanka. Hey, even Sikhs have occasionally gone in for terrorism. And Sikhs are seriously cool people.

Anybody else remember that the last time terrorists attacked Mumbai, the local Muslim clerics refused to bury the terrorists on consecrated ground?

    Milhouse in reply to Valerie. | March 27, 2019 at 2:51 pm

    Yes, which goes to show that #NotAllMoslems. But see New Zealand, where the local Moslem poobahs, reveling the outpouring of sympathy from good people everywhere, rather than returning that goodwill and showing themselves to be decent people have instead shown themselves to be precisely the antisemitic nutcases that their enemies accuse them all of being.

      Edward in reply to Milhouse. | March 27, 2019 at 5:13 pm

      And it is worth noting that the alleged attacks will be for the purpose of responding to the mosque attacks in New Zealand. I guess I missed that the lone gunman was a Jew. Come to think of it, I didn’t see any religion associated with him which may be due to his not being an observant member of any organized religion (but being an eco-warrior might mean he worships at the Everlasting Church in Celebration of Gaia and Package Store.

      Frankly I really don’t expect much of anything better from these Islamist terrorists than striking at Jews because some Aussie killed a bunch of Muslims at worship in New Zealand. After all, after Trump it is the fault of Jews. Is anyone to blame for anything after Trump and the Jews?

        Edward in reply to Edward. | March 27, 2019 at 5:14 pm

        Sorry, I didn’t close the parenthetical.

        Milhouse in reply to Edward. | March 28, 2019 at 2:35 am

        Yes, he’s an eco-fascist who killed those Moslems because the world has too many people so someone has to go and he’d rather it was someone else than his own people.

“taking the threat very serious” – should be “seriously”

Demoncrats are too stupid to realize muslims are committing unbridled genocide of non-muslims worldwide and non-stop. The only thing the stupid Demoncrats respond to are the muslims yanking their chain by yelling islamaphobia .