Target Taj Mahal: Here is what the Islamic State has in mind
The Islamic State has released a graphic in which it lists out a major plan for India. Agra istishhadi (Agra martyrdom seeker), it says in a graphic. The target is the Taj Mahal in Agra, reported SITE Intel Group.
The graphic which was released and posted on messaging app Telegram on March 14, 2017, shows a fighter holding a rocket propelled grenade. Interestingly, there is also a van in the graphic which appears to be proceedings towards the Taj Mahal. This indicates that the IS wants to ram the van into the Taj Mahal and destroy it. With a target symbol on the Taj Mahal, the text below it reads, 'New Target'.
The IS has been trying to gain entry into India and has set up an exclusive recruitment wing for Indian Muslims. Intelligence Bureau officials say that the graphic released is another sign that the IS is laying out a roadmap for India.
It wants its fighters to start off with a major attack in India. The Taj Mahal is a symbolic structure in India and any attack on it will cause ripples not just across India, but across the world too, the IB officer also explained.
The recent Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train blast was initially investigated as an act committed by the IS. However, there was no concrete evidence to suggest that there was an IS hand in it. The NIA is currently kept the probe ended and is investigating all possible angles, including one relating to the Indian Mujahideen.