Bengaluru, Aug 23: When the al Qaeda in the sub-continent or the AQIS released a three page note in Tamil in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani's killing, there was a message to South India.
It was clear that the AQIS which has failed miserably to set up shop in many parts of the region was eyeing the prospect of being a South Indian outfit.
Investigations would show that the AQIS is largely focusing on Tamil Nadu where it has a strong affiliate in the al-Ummah or the Base Movement.
Officials who have probed three court blast cases in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala say that the al-Ummah has been loyal to Osama Bin Laden and will help the AQIS set up shop in South India.
While the outfit would focus its activities largely in Tamil Nadu as the al-Ummah is strong in the state, the intention would however be to make inroads into the other southern states.
In this context, the al Qaeda has already appointed members in Tamil Nadu to reach out to the youth and train them. The Intelligence Bureau says that the new recruits into the AQIS from Southern India would be sent to Indonesia to train.
Further the agencies also state that the AQIS which has already set up a desk or module in Tamil Nadu will seek out help from the Lashkar-e-Taiba which is strong in Indonesia.
The ISIS and the al Qaeda have been at war with each other for supremacy. The ISIS has also made inroads in South India through its modules in Kerala.
However, officials say that the AQIS has a very strong ally in the al-Ummah. The al-Ummah continues to be one of the deadliest outfits in South India. The outfit has been responsible for the murder of several Hindu leaders.
The group had also carried out the blast outside the BJP office in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru. The three blasts outside the courts in Kollam, Andhra Pradesh and Mysuru have also been blamed on the outfit.