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B’luru attacked ‘again’ on Dec 28: Mere coincidence or well planned?

Bengaluru witnessed another terror attack on the same day–  December 28! Earlier it was the year 2005, when a major attack took place at Indian Insititute of Sciences (IISc) by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (Let) resulting in the death of a professor and injury to four others. This time, it was at Church Street, on a footpath outside a popular restaurant Coconut Grove, killing one and injuring three persons.

The Indian security agencies including National Investigation Agency (NIA) are probing the case in all plausible angles. The terror strike is also being looked as an IISc attack anniversary. But the sources in the agencies claimed that the only similarity between the two attacks is the date.

Sources in NIA told Millennium Post that in the prima facie the terror strike gives an imprint of Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Recently, the intelligence agencies have shared specific inputs about the activeness of the five SIMI terrorists– Mehmood, Amjad Hassan, Aslam, Mohammad Ejazuddin and Zakhir, who fled from Khandwa Jail in Madhya Pradesh in early 2013.

In the recent times, Millennium Post had published stories regarding the possible terror strike in the metro cities in the near future. The reports had further claimed the five terrorists along with the mother of one of the operative is on the radar. It was clearly reported, “The suspects’ whereabouts have been traced in Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu,”
Also, there were inputs that Abdul Khadir Sultan Armar (44), a key member of Al Qaeda and Indian Mujahideen, is likely to come to India or is already hiding in at an undisclosed location in the country with an aim to carry out terror strikes in the near future.

While probing the recent Bengaluru blast, agencies believe that it was a hand of SIMI as carrying out attack in south India has become relatively easy for SIMI operatives. “After uniting with Indian Mujahideen (IM), SIMI have gained its power back. Since then the duo outfits have carried out Patna and Bodhgaya blasts.”

“After the jail break case, it appears that SIMI have returned with a resolve and the five operatives have carried out bank robberies and also attacked Chennai and Pune they have resolved to return,” the source added. In this context the agencies suspect that SIMI could have carried out the attack at Church Street as well.

According to sources, the officials are also looking scanning ‘Ganimat ka Maal’ owned by SIMI, a wing that raise funds and use it for terror strikes. The fund was obtained by robberies and extortion and it further the outfit use it as a financial support. The recent probe also revealed that apart from a recent robbery in  Madhya Pradesh, the robberies at Dewas and Itarsi was also hatched by SIMI operatives .

The flip side
Apart from SIMI’s hand in the Bengaluru’s low-intensity blast, the agencies are probing the case in two more angles– a retaliation to the Masroor Biswas Mehdi arrest, the second is the Al-Ummah. Following the arrest of Mehdi Masroor Biswas who was tweeting as an ISIS sympathiser with the handle @shammiwitness, there was a lot of outrage on the social media. In fact there were tweets to Bengaluru police, “We will not leave our brothers in your hand. Revenge is coming. Wait for our reaction.” However, the intelligence say that if it is a Mehdi related attack then there is a chance of it being carried out by a lone wolf. The Al-Ummah has been on the radar of the Bengalore Police for some time.

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