27 September, 2020

Bleeding Downwards

The south has turned both target and training ground for global terror outfits

Bleeding Downwards
Whether the attack on the Sankat Mochan temple in Varanasi last year, the killing of former Gujarat home minister Haren Pandya in 2003, or the blast in the Delhi-Patna Shramjeevi Express near Jaunpur in February 2006, all investigation have led to one name: Ghulam Yazdani. Down south, he is said to have masterminded the suicide bomber attack on the Special Task Force office in Hyderabad as well as the attack on the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, both in 2005.

Described as Lashkar-e-Toiba's key operative in India, Yazdani hailed from Hyderabad's Toli Chowki area. He was among the 14 residents from the city who were recruited to train in Pakistan after the 2002 communal riots in Gujarat. He later travelled across the India-Bangladesh border to Dhaka, from where he began recruiting cadre from the ranks of the Harkat ul-Jihad Islami's (HUJI) Bangladesh wing.

"The growing linkages between LeT and HUJI are alarming since both of them are also known to be linked to Al Qaeda. These linkages depict the contours of a pan-Islamist...


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