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First IS attack in India - Ujjain train blast

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In the first-ever strike in India by the Islamic State (IS), a module radicalized by the terrorist organization triggered a low-intensity blast on Tuesday on a train in Madhya Pradesh, injuring 10 passengers.

The morning blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabri railway station spurred Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh police to launch coordinated operations in the two states. Eight members of the group were arrested, while UP's Anti-Terror Squad was engaged in an operation in Lucknow to capture its leader, Saifullah. Holed up in a house in Thakurganj area of Lucknow, Saifullah fired upon ATS personnel who tried to nab him, and an encounter was on at the time of going to press.

Sources in central intelligence agencies and MP and UP police confirmed that the jihadi group owes allegiance to the IS, but were not clear whether the directive to carry out the attack had come from an “online handler“ of the international terrorist network currently engaged in a grim battle for survival in Iraq and Syria. The IS is known for its federated way of functioning where it encourages jihadis loyal to it to select their targets and hit them. So far, intelligence agencies have been able to nip terror plots by IS-inspired jihadis before they could be executed. Sources said all the accused have UP links, and that on Tuesday morning, one arrest led to another, before UP ATS caught up with the gang leader Saifullah. 

Union home minister Raj Nath Singh inquired from UP DGP Javeed Ahmed about the operation. This is for the first time that an attack has been carried out by IS in India, using the recruits radicalized from within the country. Previously, IS had tried to carry out many attacks in Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, through various modules but all such attempts were foiled. In last one year, NIA and police of various states have arrested about 60 Indian-origin IS recruits before they could carry out attacks. These men were part of at least 6-7 modules, which couldn't carry attacks. The NIA, government sources said, will be brought into Ujjain investigation.

Courtesy: TOI

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