Find bigger temples to attack: A handler's message to an ISIS recruit

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New Delhi, May 20: Find a larger target, the one you have sent is too small. This was the response of an ISIS handler to a recruit who had sent photographs of a temple near Hooghly stating that it could be a potential target.

The NIA which is probing a case relating to recruitments by the ISIS in India states that these persons were drawing up bigger targets.

'Find bigger temples to attack'

Ashiq Ahmed, who had confessed that he joined the ISIS due to a heart break said that he had become extremely serious about his job.

In a short span of time, he had moved up the ranks and became an important member, the 19 year old told the NIA which recorded his statement under Section said before a court which recorded his statement under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

Get us better targets

According to the investigation being conducted by the NIA the recruits were asked to identify big temples. These persons had decided that they would target the major temples in the country, the NIA also said. Ashiq had once sent photographs of a temple near Hooghly to his handler.

However the handler felt that it was too small a target. We do not do small things. Aim for something bigger so that the impact is higher the handler is alleged to have said. Following this directive the recruits had started looking for bigger temples and even were attempting a reconnaissance at those sites.

There was a lot of communication which could not be tapped at first. This could have been because the recruits were using applications such as Sureshot and Trillion which have a high level of encryption.

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