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Base Movement: How did this Tamil Nadu based terror group get its name

By Vicky

Chennai, Nov 29: On Monday the National Investigation Agency arrested three persons in connection five different blasts which were carried out in the court premises. The outfit to which these persons belonged to is known as the Base Movement. The Base Movement according to an Intelligence Bureau dossier is another name for the al-Ummah an outfit which is strong in Tamil Nadu.

Base Movement: How did this Tamil Nadu based terror group get its name

While many media personnel on Monday reported that those men belonged to the al-Qaeda, the fact is that they are not part of the outfit but derive inspiration from it. The Base Movement has been specifically targeting the courts and this according to investigators is a way of sending a message to the judiciary. These members are upset with the courts as they feel justice has not been done to them.

What is the Base Movement?
In Tamil Nadu, an outfit called the al-Ummah was born several years back. This outfit has primarily targeted Hindu leaders and was also responsible for the Coimbatore blasts. The outfit also recently carried out a blast outside the BJP's office in Malleshwaram, Bengaluru.

However with the heat quotient soaring, the outfit decided to rebrand itself and call it the Base Movement. The reason why this group decided to call itself Base Movement too has an interesting story behind it.

It is a well known fact that this group derives inspiration from the al-Qaeda. After the court blasts, the group would leave behind a letter with a stern message and a photograph of Osama Bin Laden. The group says that it supports the al-Qaeda in the Sub-Continent (AQIS) which was launched in the year 2014.

The name Base Movement is derived from the AQIS. The official name of the AQIS is Jamaat Qaidat al-jihad fi'shibhi al-qarrat al-Hindiya. When you translate this into English it becomes Organisation of the Base of Jihad in the Indian Sub-Continent.

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