“Our initial investigation points that these attacks were carried out by jihadi forces with the help of local militant groups.” Which do you think is more likely — that Muslims in India and the West will protest against this jihad violence, or that they will protest against efforts by non-Muslims to investigate it and to try to implement ways to head it off in the future?
Of course it’s a rhetorical question, for the behavior of even the most “moderate” of self-proclaimed moderate Muslim groups has been consistent since 9/11 and before that as well: Islamic terrorism? Not worth noting, except with bland condemnations of undefined “terrorism.” Non-Muslims speaking about Islamic terrorism and calling upon all free people to resist it? That is worth noting — and greeting with cries of “Hate!” and “Islamophobia!”
“Indian Mujahideen claim responsibility for Assam blasts,” from the Daily Times, November 1 (thanks to Infidel Hindu):
GUWAHATI: A little-known Islamic group claimed responsibility in a text message to a news channel Friday for serial blasts in India’s Assam that claimed 76 lives on Thursday, police said. The group, identifying itself as the “˜Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahideen”, warned such attacks would continue in the Assam state, police said.
“The Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahedeen takes the responsibility for yesterday’s blasts,” said the text message sent to the Newslive television network in Assam. “We warn all of Assam and India for situations like this in the future and we thank all our holy members and partners,” added the message.
A police spokesman said the group was believed to have come into existence in 2000 in western Assam, where tribal Bodo militants are campaigning against Muslim settlers from nearby Bangladesh. The group has not been active recently in Assam, where more than a dozen militant groups are campaigning for demands ranging from independence to greater autonomy.
The police’s suspicion had centred on the rebel United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), which has been fighting for an independent homeland since 1979, but the ULFA had denied its involvement. Bangladesh-based Harkat-ul-Jihad al-Islami was also a suspect, Reuters reported.
“Our initial investigation points that these attacks were carried out by jihadi forces with the help of local militant groups,” Khagen Sharma, inspector general of police in Assam and chief of Assam’s intelligence services, told Reuters. “We had information about jihadi and ULFA elements planning strikes in Assam,” Reuters quoted Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi as saying….