ISIS Khorasan Group Tried Suicide Attack In India In 2018 But Failed: US Expert

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WASHINGTON D.C. (United States): Director of the National Counterterrorism Center of the US Russel Travers has said that the Khorasan group of the ISIS or the ISIS-K attempted a suicide attack in India last year but failed.

Replying to a question from Indian-origin Senator Maggie Hassan,  Travers said, the outfit has attempted to inspire attacks outside of Afghanistan.

Travers also said that al-Qaeda retains its long-standing ties to the Haqqani Network and other militant networks active in Afghanistan and Pakistan that frequently target US personnel.


Of all of the branches and networks of ISIS, ISIS-K is certainly one of those of most concern, probably in the neighbourhood of 4,000 individuals or so,” Travers said in response to a question from Indian-origin Senator Maggie Hassan.

They have attempted to certainly inspire attacks outside of Afghanistan. They attempted last year to conduct a suicide attack in India. It failed,” Travers said when Hassan asked about the ability of ISIS-K to carry out terrorist attacks in the region.

Hassan had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan last month, during which she said she heard firsthand the concerns of the US military about the growing and very real threat of ISIS-K, the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan.


I heard clearly that ISIS-K threatens not only US forces in Afghanistan, but also has designs on striking the US homeland,” she said.

Last week, Travers had said that there were more than 20 ISIS branches globally, some of which are using sophisticated technology such as drones to conduct operations.

By any calculation, there are far more radicalised individuals now than there were at the time of 9/11, Travers told the lawmakers.

Travers also said that al-Qaeda retains its long-standing ties to the Haqqani Network and other militant networks active in Afghanistan and Pakistan that frequently target US personnel.



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