New Delhi: Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Tuesday named Abu Muhammed al-Bengali as its new emir in ‘Bengal’ and issued a direct warning to carry out attacks in India and Bangladesh.
The development comes just a day after Islamic State carried out a minor explosion near a cinema theatre in Dhaka. The minor blast took place near Gulistan theatre on Monday morning. However, no causalities were reported as there was some problem with bomb assembly, though it injured some of the Police officials.
Releasing a poster the ISIS also threatened India and Bangladesh. The poster said, “If you think you have silenced the soldiers of the Khilafa in Bengal and Hind and you are certain about that then listen we men are never to be silenced. And our thirst for revenge is never to be faded away.”
The IS also released Bengali translation of its statement on the Dhaka attack along with transcript of Baghdadi’s speech.
The Indian intelligence is closely supervising the developments in Bangladesh as they suspect that this incident could be a decoy and and the real attack may still be coming either in Bangladesh or West Bengal.
Agencies had started an investigation after the poster — which read: “Shighroi Aschhe (coming soon), Inshallah.” came into circulation on Telegram. The poster flashed the logo of a group called al Mursalat and the Tuesday threat was issued by the same group.
The official said, apart from Bangladesh which has higher density of Islamic state presence, it is West Bengal of India where Jamatul Mujahideen (New-JMB) affiliated to the ISIS central have been known to frequent Kolkata and other parts of West Bengal and neighboring states for recruitment and establishing hideouts.