Indian jihadist calls for attacks on non-Muslims

(Photo: REUTERS / Mian Khursheed)A supporter of the Jamaat-ud-Dawa Islamic organization takes part in an anti-India demonstration to condemn the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru, in Islamabad February 9, 2013. India hanged the Kashmiri militant on Saturday for an attack on the country's parliament in 2001, sparking clashes in Kashmir between hundreds of protesters and police who wielded batons and fired teargas to disperse the crowds. India's President Pranab Mukherjee rejected a mercy petition from Guru and he was hanged at 8 a.m. (0230 GMT) in Tihar jail in the capital, New Delhi.

An Indian Jihadist operating out of Pakistan has made a call to "kill an American or European, whether French or Australian or Canadian, or other unbelievers who have declared war on the Islamic State."

Ansar al-Tawhid fi'Bilad al-Hind, Indian jihadists based in Pakistan's northwest border area called on supporters to attack non-Muslims in the region, in an online Eid message on October 4, The Indian Express reported.

The call was delivered by 39-year-old Maulana Abdul Rehman al-Nadwi al-Hindi.

Indian security analysts say Maulana Abdul Rehman is a pseudonym for fugitive jihadist Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar.

The Indian Express reported in August that Armar delivered his first call for Indian Muslims to join the global jihad.

In his words, he encouraged the Muslim community to take the "Quran in one hand and the sword in the other, and head to the fields of jihad."

Now through a 30-minute video, Armar has directed the Muslims to "kill the mushrik (those who practice idolatory) wherever you find them... shoot them if you can, stab them, throw stones at their heads, poison them, run them over, burn their fields - and if you are unable... spit in their faces,"

He specifically instructed that they should target the "security forces, the agents, and the helpers of the oppressors."

He also likened the blood of an unbeliever to the blood of the dog as it is permitted to spill the blood of civilians and soldiers.

In the speech, Armar also pledged loyalty to jihadist leader Ibrahim al-Awwad al-Badri, acknowledging his status as self-proclaimed Caliph, or ruler of all Muslims in the Islamic State.

Meanwhile, Ajay Sahni, executive director of the Institute for Conflict Management in New Delhi told Reuters news agency, "There is no doubt that the radicalisation process has begun in different parts of the country. Islamic fundamentalists are seeking to indoctrinate Indian Muslims."

The Indian jihadists have been involved in various attacks against Western nationals like the suicide bombing of Glasgow airport in 2007 and the September 2010 Indian Mujahideen attack outside Delhi's Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

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