A module radicalised by Islamic State (IS) triggered a low-intensity blast in a train on Tuesday in Madhya Pradesh, injuring 10 passengers. The blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, the first instance of a terror strike by an IS module in India, spurred the Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh police to launch coordinated operations, which resulted in the arrested of eight members of the group. Meanwhile, UP’s anti-terror squad managed to kill Saifulllah after an almost 12-hour siege in Lucknow.
Holed in a house in the Thakurganj area of Lucknow, Saifullah fired at the ATS personnel who tried to arrest him, and an encounter was on at the time of going to press. Sources in central intelligence agencies as well as MP and UP police confirmed that that the module owes allegiance to IS, but were not clear whether the directive to carry out the attack came from an “online handler” of the international terrorist network currently engaged in a grim battle of survival in Iraq and Syria.
IS is known for its federated way of functioning where it encourages jihadis loyal to it to select their targets and hit them. So far, intelligence agencies had been able to nip terror plots by IS-inspired jihadis before they could be executed.