Indian jihadis in Qaida’s Somalia arm?

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    Eleven insurgent militiamen were killed by their own bombs when they went off prematurely in Somalia's capital, the government said on Saturday.
    The mostly foreign militiamen died in two separate incidents, 10 while preparing a car bomb and another as he planted a roadside bomb, the information ministry said.

    Al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab and another Islamist militia have been fighting Somalia's Western-backed government since the start of 2007, launching frequent attacks on its bases in the capital.

    "They are three Pakistanis, two Indians, one Afghani, one Algerian, and two Somalis, (and) a leader who was in charge of praying for suicide bombers before they were dispatched," the ministry said in a statement.


    Police arrested two men who had been guarding the militant digging a hole at a Mogadishu bridge for the roadside bomb and confiscated a bag with materials for making explosives.

    The rebels, who control much of the capital in a country deprived of an effective central government for nearly two decades, have adopted Taliban-like governance in the Horn of Africa nation that has been unstable since 1991.

    More than 21,000 Somalis have been killed in fighting since the start of the insurgency, 1.5 million have been uprooted from their homes and nearly half a million are sheltering in other countries in the region.

    (Reporting by Ibrahim Mohamed; editing by Helen Nyambura and Charles ****)

    Foreign militants killed preparing bombs in Somalia - Yahoo! News UK

    WTF, Indians in Somalia Al-kida???
     
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    Indian jihadis in Qaida’s Somalia arm?

    Indrani Bagchi, TNN, Aug 23, 2010, 12.18am IST
    NEW DELHI: A freak blast in Mogadishu has sent tremors all the way to New Delhi, with indications that Indian terrorists might be fighting for al-Qaida’s group Al Shabaab in Somalia.

    Over the weekend, the Somali ministry of information announced that two Indians, three Pakistanis and an Afghan were among 10 Al Shabaab terrorists killed while trying to put together a suicide car bomb in Mogadishu. The dead even included one leader ‘‘who was in charge of praying for suicide bombers before they are dispatched’’.

    If the Indians’ identity is borne out, this would be a first.(TOI is wrong here this will be 2nd such incident.First being Glasgow bomber were the first..remember kafeel Ahmed) Thus far, Indian terrorists have stopped short of venturing out that far for transnational jihadi terrorism.

    Al Shabaab is no ordinary Islamist terror group. In February, the group publicly declared its allegiance to al-Qaida, though that linkage had long been suspected by western terrorism analysts.

    Harkat-al-Shabaab started work in 2005 in Somalia; the Islamist group succeeded in bringing a few months of quiet in an unending spate of civil war in the country. By the time the US declared Al Shabaab a terrorist organization in 2008, the group was well on its way to establishing an Islamist terror movement in the region. It was also when the group got its new leader Ahmed Abdi Godane, aka Abu Zubeyr. Other top leaders in the organization like Abu Mansoor and Ibrahim Jaama earned their spurs apparently fighting in Afghanistan and Kashmir.

    Whether they actually fought in Kashmir is not confirmed but certainly, Al Shabaab has in the past declared its intention of seeing Kashmir “liberated”. Terrorism analyst B Raman says Pakistan’s Tablighi Jamaat has been very active in Somalia, including sending terror fighters to Al Shabaab. “If Indians have gone there, it’s possible they have gone with the Tablighis,” he said.

    Al Shabaab has seen a significant increase in “foreign fighters” in recent years. As with the Taliban in Afghanistan, it preaches a severely radical ideology of jihad.

    Interestingly, Al Shabaab has more than its share of US and European jihadis, most prominent among them being Al-Amriki. According to terrorism analyst Daveed Gartenstein Ross, around 20 US citizens from Minnesota, US, are believed to have joined Al Shabaab. Analysts say more than 100 Britons have travelled to Somalia to fight for Al Shabaab.

    Thus far, Indian terrorism watchers have paid scant attention to Al Shabaab, but Saturday's incident should be an eye-opener. Al Shabaab has openly declared its global ambitions and though a lot of that is focused on the US and Europe, India and other such countries may not escape their jihadi heat either.

    If Taliban is considered to be the heir apparent of al-Qaida, Al Shabaab is gaining prominence in the Islamist jihad hierarchy.

    According to Critical Threats by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), "Al Shabaab currently controls much of southern and central Somalia, including large portions of the capital, Mogadishu. It has evolved into a group resembling a hybrid of the Afghan Taliban and al-Qaida. It provides government services to its constituents, enforces a strict interpretation of Sharia law, and maintains its grip on power by using violence and intimidation. The group also conducts terror operations, including suicide bombings, against its perceived enemies and views itself as part of the global jihad movement. It has established an effective recruiting strategy to attract militants from throughout Africa, the Middle East and South Asia, as well as the US and Europe."

    Given the fact that there is no discernible government structure in Somalia, Al Shabaab uses Somali territory to train its fighters. In July, Al Shabaab carried out twin attacks in Kampala, its first international attack against countries that send troops to the UN mission in Somalia.


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    Does karachi project rings bell????
     
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    Can any one sees link in Somalia incident and the one in Houston with the arrest of another Indian with Jihadi literature........

    Passenger arrested at Houston airport with jihadist books, a weapon


    (Houston) -- Security screeners say they noticed him right away.

    A passenger from Mumbai, India was sweating and shifting back and forth and fidgeting with his hands as he stood in line at the Intercontinental Airport Terminal E security checkpoint.

    When 40-year-old Vijay Kumar was pulled aside for secondary screening, after raising suspicion with Transportation Security Administration 'behavioral detection officers,' even more alarm was raised by what was found.

    One law enforcement officer said, "He had a ton of books," including jihadist books and publications written in Arabic. Some focused on espionage and other diagrams seemed to explain how certain US military weapons can be taken apart in the field.

    The title of one book was "Spycraft" and another was titled "New Voices of Islam" and police noticed mentions of "infidels" in some of the writings that could be made out clearly.

    "It definitely raised our concerns," said one law enforcement official involved in the arrest. "Not your everyday passenger would have this sort of stuff and it definitely poses a concern for anyone involved in airport security," he said.

    The books and radical Muslim material was found in stacks, packed in Kumar's carry-on luggage, according to the police report.

    Officers also found a pair of brass-knuckles in the luggage he had checked with his airline to be carried in the cargo hold of the aircraft. In Texas, brass-knuckles are prohibited by law so he was booked on a felony charge of Possessing a Prohibited Weapon in a Prohibited Place (airport).

    FBI agents were called to the secondary screening area where Kumar was being detained. Agents are now checking his name on terror watch lists and 'no fly' lists, but there is no indication that his name has appeared on any of those lists.

    In addition to the brass knuckles and the jihadist publications, police confiscated more than $10,000 in cash that Kumar is accused of carrying on his trip.

    Federal law requires anyone carrying $10,000 or more to declare the currency to Customs agents, but law enforcement officials said there was no such declaration for Kumar.

    One federal prosecutor said his office was still researching how that law applies in this case since only about $8,000 was in US currency. Several thousand dollars more were made up of foreign currencies, so the prosecutor wasn't sure if Kumar would face charges related to the stacks of cash.

    The security alert reached its peak during Friday afternoon's lunch-hour arrest when screeners began their secondary screening of Kumar. A TSA officer pulled out a swab and rubbed it all over Kumar's bags to test for explosives.

    Suddenly, the alarm sounded on the testing machine, indicating that the powerful home-made explosive TATP was detected on the bags of this suspicious passenger carrying jihadist publications.

    Airport officials said no other passengers were affected and most likely didn't even see any commotion, even during the height of the concerns.

    A secondary test was conducted with a new swab being rubbed on his luggage and then placed in a freshly calibrated detection machine. That secondary test came up negative, which security workers say would likely mean the first machine wasn't calibrated properly.

    A third explosives test also tested negative and no other indications of explosives were apparent.

    Police and FBI agents said they were turning their attention to Kumar's background and what he was doing in Houston, and they're also planning to examine a computer flash drive (or "thumb drive") that Kumar was carrying.

    Flash drives can hold thousands of documents or diagrams, but no one had gotten a look at the contents as of Friday evening. A search warrant may be required to view the thumb drive, even though international passengers typically have fewer legal protections when the government wants to look at something they were going to be carrying onto an airliner.

    Kumar told police he was in Houston attending an "Islamic seminar." His booking sheet describes him as standing 5'10" and weighing 215 pounds.

    A search of federal court records in Houston shows a 2007 lawsuit filed by a man with the same name, same age, and same hometown as Kumar. In that lawsuit, Kumar described himself as a native and citizen of India, who was admitted to the United STates in 2004 on a student visa to the University of Connecticut.

    The lawsuit said he had earlier studied at Texas Tech University after entering the US in 2003. He then transferred to University of Connecticut, where the lawsuit said he earned an MBA degree to bolster his undergraduate engineering degree.

    The lawsuit said he married a US citizen in 2004 and he filed to change his immigration status to allow him to remain in the US past his student visa in 2005.

    His lawsuit claims FBI has been holding up his citizenship paperwork by claiming it couldn't complete the proper background checks.

    In the lawsuit, his lawyer writes, "Plaintiffs request that the Court order the Defendants FBI to immediately complete the national security check."

    The suit claims the government's refusal to act on his citizenship paperwork is "arbitrary."

    It was unclear Friday night whether federal agents would be placing a "hold" on Kumar, which would keep him locked up while further investigation is conducted.

    Typically, someone jailed for such a felony weapons charge could post bond and be released within a few hours of arrest. If a federal hold is placed, it could allow him to be locked up for several days without ever facing a federal judge.

    He will be facing a Harris County District Court judge on Monday. Court records show he was being held in an "interfacility" jail, which is not considered to be part of the Harris County Jail.

    Prosecutors have already filed a motion to request a high bond. The contents of that motion that spell out the specific reasons for requesting a high bond were not available Friday night.

    His bond was listed as $50,000, which is already unusually high for this particular felony. The judge could raise or lower that bond at Monday's court hearing.
     
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    These Jehadis should not be called Indian. They put all of us to disrepute. Some illiterate westerners may not understand India's religious diversity and may try to paint every one from our country with the same brush.

    Remember the aftermath aftermath of that guy( related to Kafeel) getting arrested in Australia on suspicion of terrorist activity? Many Australians became suspicious if Indians in general( most of them Hindus). Some even refused to be treated by Indian doctors.

    I suspect these groups are trying to recruit more Indians to tarnish our image. I like all my country people regardless of what faith they belong to but some times I feel that it would be better for me to call myself a Hindu when in a foreign country.
     

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