News ID: 254598
Published: 1200 GMT June 20, 2019

Daesh turning to Indian Ocean region: Report

Daesh turning to Indian Ocean region: Report

Terrorists from the Daesh group are likely to conduct attacks in India and Sri Lanka, a report says, citing intelligence.

New Delhi Television (NDTV), citing three intelligence letters sent to police chiefs in the southern Indian state of Kerala, said on Thursday Daesh was now urging its “operatives” to carry out attacks at their home countries, according to presstv.ir.

Senior Indian officials reportedly named several states as being the most threatened.

According to police, at least 100 people are believed to have joined the ranks of the Takfiri terrorist group from Kerala over the past years, while around 3,000 are currently under surveillance.

The terrorist group may also target key installations in Kochi, Kerala’s most populous city with 2 million people, another letter accessed by NDTV said.

The southern state lies close to Sri Lanka, where terrorist attacks in April claimed the lives of over 250 Christians celebrating Easter.

The attacks sparked new concerns about a resurgent Daesh, which once controlled vast swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria but gradually lost them.

The terrorist group was declared militarily defeated in 2017.

Over the years, many members of the terrorist group have returned to their home countries — including in Europe — to carry out terrorist attacks.

   
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