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11 Jul 2019 | 06:53 AM UTC

India: Al-Qa’ida calls for attacks in Jammu and Kashmir July 9

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Al-Qa’ida releases video on July 9 calling for increased attacks in Jammu and Kashmir state targeting Indian security forces and government infrastructure

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/9/2019, 12:00 AM until 7/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION India


Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qa’ida, is calling for jihadists in Jammu and Kashmir state to inflect “unrelenting blows” on Indian security forces and the government. The group released a new video on Tuesday, July 9, which features Zawahiri discussing jihad in Kashmir and eulogizing the former leader of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), Zakir Musa. Musa was killed by Indian security forces on May 23 during an operation in Pulwama district. An increase in militant attacks targeting security personnel and government infrastructure are possible in Jammu and Kashmir in the near term.


Security forces have conducted numerous raids in Jammu and Kashmir state in recent weeks targeting alleged members of separatists and jihadist militant groups. Large protests in the region have also resulted in several deaths, injuries, and arrests.

Separatists have been fighting Indian rule in Kashmir since 1989. Around 70,000 people have been killed and many more injured in related violence, uprisings, and military crackdowns. Indian security personnel have been conducting frequent security operations and have clashed with suspected militants in recent weeks.


Individuals in Jammu and Kashmir state are advised to monitor developments to the situation, remain vigilant for militant activity, avoid public demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against travel to parts of Kashmir, notably including areas along the Line of Control (LoC), due to the significant risk of violence.


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