Human Rights

Somalia terrorists: Indian link to be probed

New Delhi: Two persons, identified as Indians by Somalian authorities, were among the ten killed during an accidental explosion on 20 August in Hawl-Waddag district of Somalin capital Mogadishu. The explsion reportedly took place when members of al-Shabaab were preparing two explosive laden vehicles to be used as car bombs. The house allegedly belonged to al-Shabaab deputy leader Sheikh Mukhtar Robow Abu Mansoor.

Government of India is gathering information about the two alleged Indian terror recruits. It is trying to ascertain whether the two belonged to the Indian Muslim diaspora in East Africa or UK or had travelled from India.

According to government sources there had been so far no reports about any Indian Muslim joining al-Qaeda or its associate al-Shabaab. Hence a thorough scrutiny is needed whether the two persons had been living there because a sizeable number of Bohra Muslims from India were working in textile sector. They were reported to have migrated to Kenya and did not share link with extremist groups.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2010 on page no. 11

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