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Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent

al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent
جماعة قاعدة الجهاد في شبه القارة الهندية
Active 3 September 2014–Present
Ideology Salafist Jihadism
Leaders Asim Umar
Area of operations Indian subcontinent
Strength 300[1][2]
Part of al-Qaeda
Opponents  Pakistan

al-Qaeda in the Pakistan,[3] India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.[5]


On 3 September 2014, Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qaeda, announced the establishment of a new branch in the Indian subcontinent in a 55-minute video posted online.[6] During the announcement, Zawahiri stated that it had taken two years to gather various Jihadist factions into the new group, and introduced Asim Umar, a former commander in the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, as its Emir.[7] The announcement also introduced the group's spokesman, Usama Mahmoud, who praised militant commanders like Amjad Farooqi, Ilyas Kashmiri and Hassan Ghul. Farooqi was killed by Pakistani security forces. Kashmiri and Ghul were killed by US drone strikes in Pakistan.[7]

Claimed and alleged attacks

  • The group took responsibility for the 2 September 2014 assassination of Brigadier Fazal Zahoor, a senior officer in the Pakistani Army, who was shot dead by men riding motorcycles.[8]
  • Spokesman Usama Mahmud claimed responsibility for a 6 September 2014 attack on a Naval dockyard in Karachi, reportedly carried out by former Pakistan Navy officers, who unsuccessfully tried to hijack a F-22P frigate. Three attackers were killed and seven were arrested by Pakistani forces.[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ Sanger, David E.; Mazzetti, Mark (June 30, 2010). "New Estimate of Strength of Al Qaeda Is Offered". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Al Qaeda finds base in India, Modi is on its radar". The Sunday Guardian. March 29, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Al Qaeda's 'India' wing an old plan". India Today. 14 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Indian states on alert after al Qaeda announces local wing". Reuters. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Al-Qaeda opens branch in Indian subcontinent". AFP. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 4 September 2014. 
  6. ^ BARRY, By ELLEN (4 September 2014). "4 Young Men Head for Iraq, Citing Fight for Islam, and India Wonders if More Will Follow". Retrieved 7 September 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent incorporates regional jihadist groups". Long War Journal. 5 September 2014. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  8. ^ "Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent claims 2 attacks in Pakistan". Long War Journal. 13 September 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "First claim by al-Qaeda subcontinent wing: Pakistan Navy men ours". Indian Express. 12 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Sanchez, Ray (18 September 2014). "Al Qaeda branch in South Asia launches first assault". CNN. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
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