New Delhi, March 26: In the wake of the attack at Brussels, India has stepped up security in key destinations which is frequented by foreign nationals. There is a sense of desperation among a few Indian recruits into the ISIS to strike big.
With the European cells carrying out back to back attacks in Paris and Brussels, the module in India may attempt something similar, Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia.
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The officer further stated that although the Indian recruits are not as dedicated or hardened as their counterparts in Europe or Syria/Iraq, they would still attempt a strike with the sole purpose of gaining some publicity.
Indian agencies have thwarted many attempts by the ISIS in India with a thorough monitoring system known as Operation Chakravyuh.
Target foreign nationals
The plot to target foreign nationals in India is not a new one. The SIMI, IM have attempted it. The Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Indian Mujahideen had been successful when they carried out the 26/11 and Pune German Bakery attacks.
A module of the SIMI too had attempted a major strike in Goa. According to the investigation, the cadres had stolen vehicles and were planning to line them up at a prominent beach in Goa. They planned on planting bombs in the vehicles and trigger them off with a remote.
The ISIS in India could get desperate says an officer with the IB. They are desperate to prove themselves and could attempt an attack. However they would look to target foreign nationals to gain the attention of the world.
The ISIS has declared Europeans as it number one enemy. In this context, the ISIS would look to target places such as Goa, Rajasthan and other destinations where the foreign tourists are high in number.