A Fresh Look

The bombing of four Indian cities in as many months, including the capital New Delhi,has forced India to take a new look at its counter-terror strategies. Claiming responsibility for these attacks was a relatively new group calling itself the Indian Mujahideen, and the name was purposely taken to give a sense that it is of Indian origin. However, the police crackdown after the Delhi blasts have unearthed a series of terror cells, the majority of whom are linked to the Azamgarh district of Uttar Pradesh, a north Indian state. One conclusion that can be drawn from this is that Jihadi elements are working in tandem with organized crime. Notorious gangsters such as Abu Salem belong to this district and have been associated with underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, now based in Pakistan, who has been declared an international terrorist by the United States.

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