Posts Tagged ‘Indian Mujahideen’

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India: 5 bank robberies funded 2 mass casualty terrorist attacks

June 8, 2014

Two terrorist bomb attacks in India in 2013—the October bombing in Patna which killed 6 and injured 85, and July bombings at Bodh Gaya that injured 6—were funded by five bank robberies by jihadists in Madhya Pradesh.

This revelation comes from Indian Mujahideen operative Haider Ali, also known as “Black Beauty,” who participated in the Patna and Bodh Gaya bombings. Black Beauty received money for the attacks from Abu Faizal, also known as “Doctor,” who is in charge of the terrorist group Student Islamic Movement of India’s (SIMI) chapter in Madhya Pradesh. Doctor allegedly masterminded the bank robberies in the region to finance the bombings.

This case illustrates a new and menacing level of collaboration between the Indian Mujahideen and SIMI. From the Telegraph (hat tip to Jai) on May 29:

Bank loot finger at Simi for attacks

RAMASHANKAR

Students’ Islamic Movement of India (Simi) members have looted nationalised banks to fund their terror activities in the country, according to the confession of an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative.

A National Investigation Agency (NIA) team took Haider Ali, alias Black Beauty, an alleged Indian Mujahideen operative, in remand on Friday.

Ali, along with three other key suspects in the 2013 serial bomb blasts in Patna and Bodhgaya, were arrested from Jharkhand last week. He is in remand till June 6. Ali (26), originally from Aurangabad, told the interrogators that he used to receive money from Abu Faizal, alias Doctor, the self-styled chief of the Madhya Pradesh Simi unit, to carry out terror attacks. He claimed that Faizal also provided funds for the Patna and the Bodhgaya blasts.

He purportedly revealed that Faizal was the brain behind five bank robberies in Madhya Pradesh, including a Mallapuram heist in Khandwa in which Rs 1.25 crore was looted in October last year. Ali had gone to Khandwa to meet Faizal before the terror attacks in Bihar last year.

A senior official of a central intelligence agency said Ali’s confession has helped the intelligence and security agencies to establish a link between the IM and Simi, declared a banned outfit in 2001…

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India’s jihadists atop $20 million nest egg

May 19, 2014

That’s 20 million U.S. dollarsnot rupees. The money was routed in smaller increments through Islamic charities in Kashmir to avoid detection. Twenty million dollars is an enormous sum of money for any terrorist group (suggesting state sponsorship from Pakistan, or perhaps the Arab states in the Gulf), much less for what are typically regarded as middling regional terrorist organizations liken the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mujahideen.

One disturbing aspect of this report is the statement that, “The [law enforcement] agencies believe that only a part of this money has been spent and much of it is still in their kitty, to be used as and when they decide to launch a major attack.” Indeed, that is enough money to pay operatives and sustain routine operations for several years, and still have more than enough money left over to launch a major 26/11 Mumbai style terrorist attack.

Thanks to El Grillo for sending in related news, which seems to be an update to reporting originally conducted by rediff.com last year when the amount of money in question was somewhat smaller. From News Room Post:

SIMI and IM have $ 20 million to spread terror in India, say sleuths

But where has this money been secreted away? This is what the joint team of Delhi and MP police, and the IB, want to find out. The investigating agencies say that with the prospects of the BJP taking power at the Centre becoming brighter these terror outfits would be raring to go after the new government

The most disturbing aspect of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is that it has become self reliant, with a well oiled network capable of sources arms and raising finances on its own.

The Madhya Pradesh and Delhi police along with the Intelligence Bureau are poised to conduct a joint investigation of SIMI’s activities, whose prime objective is to find out where the terror outfit and its partner Indian Mujahideen (IM) have secreted away the $ 20 million that were sanctioned by their handlers.

Investigators are also keen to learn about SIMI’s revival strategy. They feel that as the possibility of a BJP-led government taking power at the Centre in Delhi becomes stronger SIMI too would have firmed up its resolve to create trouble for it. The outfits also have support from disillusioned and indoctrinated Muslims who easily get drawn to them.

The $20 million for SIMI and the IM are reportedly being routed through a ”charity organisation” in Jammu and Kashmir and are part of the $ 100 million that were sanctioned for terror activities in India over the past six years through similar fronts.

During their investigation the agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), found that the money was pumped in through charity outfits like the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust.

The agencies believe that only a part of this money has been spent and much of it is still in their kitty, to be used as and when they decide to launch a major attack. Both SIMI and the IM want to be completely independent in their operations without any kind of dependency on overseas terror groups. The homegrown terror groups, rather than depending on funds and ammunition from others, have connected with illegal arms dealers in the country. They also procure ammonium nitrate, which is used in making bombs, from underground suppliers in Kerala. In fact Kerala police have sounded a major alert to keep checks on the transport of the deadly substance, the sale of which is strictly regulated.

The reason why SIMI and the IM seek to operate independently of overseas groups is because the chances of the money trail getting busted are higher when foreign transactions are involved. This is particularly so with the Gulf becoming extremely strict in the matter. As a result these outfits have been routing the money through ”charity organisations” and ”NGOs” — which are actually fronts that collect the funds in a seemingly legitimate way to spend it illegitimately…

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Armed, funded jihad: recommended reading

April 17, 2014
  • “Although funding terrorism was criminalised in Finland 12 years ago, no-one has yet been convicted”… more>>
  • Anti-tank missiles are being shipped through Turkey and Saudi Arabia to Syrian rebels… more>>
  • Pakistani front charities like JKART are funding the Indian Mujahideen… more>>
  • A love for his friend or a love for jihad? Prosecutors say Khurram Syed Sher knew exactly who he was funding… more>>
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Indian Mujahideen cell paid dues for ops

April 6, 2014

A five-man Indian Mujahideen (IM) cell in Rajasthan funded its activities from monthly dues paid by the members themselves, according to India’s Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS). The men received bomb training and planned to travel to Afghanistan for further training.

Self-financing of jihadist lone wolves is a well-known phenomenon. Self-financing of terrorist groups by paying membership dues much less common, and is more characteristic of civic groups, labor unions, and extreme political groups without major institutional backing, such as the National Socialists in Germany during the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan, and the Communist Party USA.

The dues involved are small, ranging from 100 to 1000 rupees a month ($2 to $17). Big things have small beginnings…

From TNN via the Times of India on Mar. 29:

IM terrorists contribute to self-finance their activities: ATS

JAIPUR: The five youths who were arrested from Sikar used to self finance their terror activities and arrange accommodation and logistics for Indian Mujahideen’s (IM) trainers by collecting money from among themselves every month, ATS officials said. The five youths were produced in a court and taken on a 7-day police remand for further investigation. Some laptops and pen drives were also seized during raids at their houses in Sikar on Friday.

“The five youths, three of whom are students, used to arrange money from among themselves to self finance their terror activities. Each of them used to contribute Rs 100 to Rs 1000 every month,” a senior ATS officer said.

The officer said Waqar, an engineering student who was arrested from Pratap Nagar-Sector 35 in the city, had provided some training to these five youths including on how to make electronic circuits for bombs.

“The five youths were planning to leave for Afghanistan for further training. Maroof had asked them to be prepared for leaving the country. They always followed Maroof’s instructions,” the officer said…

 

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Islamic terrorists pump money into real estate

November 13, 2013

Officials in India report that 14 million rupees (about 225,000 USD) of terror money has been seized.  The money was intended for investment in the real estate market in Bangalore.  Rediff News reports that “all the money” came from charity and extortion carried out by terrorist groups.  The seizure was the result of an investigation into a bombing at a political rally late last month.

Real estate purchases have been a tactic used by terrorist groups and their financiers in both the UAE (see here and here) and KenyaRediff points out that this isn’t the first time that terrorists in India have dabbled in real estate either.  This is a trend worth keeping an eye on…

NIA seizes terror money worth Rs 1.4 crore in Bangalore

The National Investigation Agency has seized Rs 1.4 crore, believed to be terror money, in Bangalore. The agency sources told Rediff.com that the money was sourced through modules in North East and was sent to Bangalore.

It is said that the money was part of a major transaction made during the planning of the Patna blasts of October 27.

The money was found following the interrogation of several suspects by the NIA and is believed to have reached Bangalore a few days back. It was sent to Bangalore to be housed safely.

The NIA sources said that the money could have been in transit to other parts of Karnataka where it was to be kept in a safe house and used for future operations by terror groups.

The NIA has been probing links between Islamic terror and North Eastern terror groups for some time now. This is a possible link to the same, sources in the agency felt.

Unholy terrorist-builder nexus

More details regarding the seizure of terror money from Bangalore have emerged and it is now learnt that the money was being invested into real estate. The money was transferred to Bangalore from Manipur by a terror group.

The money was received by a businessman in Bangalore called Shanti Meital who in turn was to pump the same into real estate.

All this money is collected by terror groups through extortions and charities. They then invest in real estate and rake in the profits later.

Sources in the NIA said that this is a major racket in the country today and all terror groups are indulging in the same.

“There have been several instances where Indian Mujahideen operatives have also parked money in real estate. Riyaz Bhatkal is an example of this. He was in a deal with a Mumbai-based businessman and was constructing apartments in Mangalore worth Rs 10 crore,” the source pointed out.

The source added that they have several more builders under the scanner who have been parking terror funds in their businesses.

The NIA will seek the help of the local police and other agencies in order to bust this financial nexus between builders and terrorists.

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Mujahideen paid by D-Gang’s hawala

May 17, 2013

The Indian Mujahideen finance their jihadist operations with money distributed through terror mogul Dawood Ibrahim’s illegal hawala network.  While it has long been known that Dawood Ibrahim is a bankroller for terrorism, his specific ties to the Indian Mujahideen are what makes this article from the Hindustan Times newsworthy:

Is Dawood funding Indian terror?

Presley Thomas     Mumbai, May 03, 2013

Dawood Ibrahim, the man who maimed Mumbai on March 12, 1993, has emerged as the face behind homegrown terrorist outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM). Dawood and his intricate network of bogus hawala firms, spread across the country, have been covertly financing IM’s network in India, said sources in the central agencies and counter-terrorism units investigating blast cases across the country.

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has been informed of Dawood’s alleged extensive hawala network in the Middle East and South Asian countries. A detailed probe by the Anti-Money Laundering / Suspicious Cases Unit (AMLU) is underway in the Middle East, sources said.

The involvement of Dawood’s  gang, the D-Company, in financing terror through his network of hawala firms was unearthed during investigations into the July 13, 2011 blasts in Mumbai, (where the IM was allegedly involved) said sources in central agencies and counter-terrorism units. Many key players in the attacks are suspected to have links with Dawood.

A sum of Rs. 10 lakh had been sent by alleged hawala operator Muzzafar Kola to IM kingpin Yasin Bhatkal through Delhi-based Kanwar Nain Pathrija, police sources said. The investigating agencies then suspected the involvement of the D-Company and intercepted telephone conversations from across the border showed directions being given to certain people, along with details of the money flow and transfers through hawala transactions. Kola, sources said, was a Mustafa Dossa man who later became a Dawood associate.

These reports led agencies to believe that Bhatkal, a Fazal-ur-Rehman gang member who now heads the IM, was working closely with Dawood and his company…

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Mumbai: bank robberies and bitcoin fund terror

April 16, 2013

The Indian Mujahideen have been using bank robberies to finance their activities according to a former high-ranking law enforcement official.  D. Sivanandhan is also concerned about bitcoin’s role in funding militants, but it should be noted that no evidence or data are included in this news report:

Banks looted to finance terrorism: Security expert

Mumbai, April 11 (IANS) Bit coin and crypto currencies are becoming major avenues for money laundering and terror groups often rob banks for funding terrorist acts, a top security expert said.

“Investigations have revealed that the hijackers of the Indian Airlines IC-814 had looted a bank three months before the (Kandahar) hijack, which helped them finance the entire terror operations,” said former Maharashtra director general of police and security expert D. Sivanandhan.

Similarly, the terror outfit Indian Mujahideen has also been allegedly involved in several bank robberies to finance its operations, Sivanandhan said at a conference — ‘Leveraging Innovative Security Solutions for Banks and Financial Institutions’ — that concluded here late Wednesday…

See related Money Jihad coverage of bank robberies for jihad here, here, and here, and background on the Indian Mujahideen’s financial activities, which include hawala and extortion, here.

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India: hawala is 30 percent of terror revenues

April 12, 2013

Hawala, the traditional Islamic system of transferring money and debts, is essentially outlawed in India.  However, the practice, which is difficult to trace and lends itself well to illicit financial activity, is still commonplace.  A recent article in the news website Rediff.com asserts that 10 percent of all such hawala transactions in India go toward funding terrorism, and that 30 percent of terrorists’ money comes from hawala.  Much of it is transferred from the Gulf (including Dubai) to Kerala, a hotspot for terror finance.

Time to revisit hawala policy?  Money Jihad thinks so.

H/t to Bob Connors.

Crores being pumped into India by ISI to finance terror

Apr. 1, 2013

In almost every hawala deal, 10 per cent of the amount goes towards terror funding, reports Vicky Nanjappa  

A sharp rise in the number of terror financing cases in 2012 in India is an indicator to how well terror groups have channelized their resources.

According to the Financial Intelligence Unit, in 2009, the number of terror financing cases was recorded at 200 but rose to 1,400 cases in 2012.

The FIU report states that the Inter-Services Intelligence in Pakistan manages to raise Rs 1,800 crore annually to fund terrorist activities especially against India. Today, the Intelligence units say that the amount has shot up to Rs 2,400 crore, as the intensity of their programme against India too is expected to see a rise.

In the past, the ISI adopted to circulating fake Indian currency, ensuring that a certain amount of money through hawala transactions, extortions and drug trade was handed over to them.

As per the latest FIU report, there have been 1,444 cases of terror financing last year. In 2011 the figures were 428 cases and in 2010 it was 316.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau say that out of the 1,444 cases, almost 65 per cent are related to fake currency.

Last year, around 3,20,000 fake notes of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denominations were found, while the year before that around 2,50,000 notes were found.

Sources say that while fake currency accounted for a major chunk of terror financing, hawala transactions accounted for at least 30 per cent. In almost every hawala deal, 10 per cent of the amount goes towards terror funding. The biggest hawala transactions have been from the Gulf to Kerala. Proof of such transactions being used for terror related activities was found during the 2006 train bombings in which an amount of Rs 4.5 lakh was exchanged to carry out the attack.

The Indian Mujahideen in particular has a dedicated network through which it collects money in Delhi. The money is wired from Gulf to Kerala and then to New Delhi…

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Indian terror cells getting Saudi support

October 23, 2012

The Daily News & Analysis reports on two possible terror financial transactions confessed by alleged members of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) doing work for the Indian Mujahideen:  1)  one suspect made an extortion threat against a Mumbai hotel owner for 20 million Indian rupees, and 2)  Khan spent 2.5 million rupees just to meet Fayyaz Kagzi, a Saudi-based LeT recruiter, trainer, and financier.  If true, expect to see more stories of terror cells in India that received hawala money from Kagzi to finance their operations.

IM extorted money to fund terror activities

The special cell of Delhi police,which has arrested three suspected militants of the Indian Mujahideen (IM), has found that the extortion money was reportedly being used to fund their terror activities.

The police are probing their alleged role in the bomb blasts in Pune on August 1.

One of the arrested suspects had demanded Rs2 crore from a hotelier in Mumbai as extortion.

The Delhi police on Thursday had claimed that they have solved the August 1 Pune bomb blast case with the arrest of Asad Khan, 33, Imran Khan, 31, and Sayed Feroz, 38. All three are suspected members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and were working for the IM.

During Imran’s interrogation the police found that before getting involved in terror-related activities, he was involved in an alleged case of extortion.

A police officer on condition of anonymity said that a few years ago Imran had demanded Rs2 crore from a Mumbai-based hotelier. “We are trying to get more details and trying to find out if the money was actually paid to Imran and how he spent it,” the officer said.

The investigations and interrogations of Asad Khan has revealed that he was the ideologue of this module and was self-motivated. Asad was inspired by jihad on social networking sites and was self-indoctrinated. Later, he drew inspiration from Fayyaz Kagzi, whom he met on a social networking site.

Asad travelled to middle-east, especially Saudi Arabia, several times to meet Kagzi and spent as much as Rs25 lakh to meet Kagzi.

According to the police, Kagzi is a Saudi Arabia-based activist of LeT and is in charge of their India operations. “Kagzi recruits and trains fresh youngsters and also ensures they get money through hawala. Investigations have revealed that Kagzi has played a much bigger role in LeT’s India operations than we had thought,” a police officer said.

What has surprised the investigators is the huge amount of Rs25 lakh which Asad is believed to have spent to meet Kagzi. “We want to know the source and we are probing that,” the officer said.

The investigators learnt that none of the three arrested suspects were identified, indoctrinated and recruited by any militant group or individual. “From what they have revealed so far, they got self-motivated or self-indoctrinated through the internet and various social networking sites,” a senior officer said.

Hawala is a traditional Islamic method of transferring money that makes it difficult to trace and useful to terrorists.

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Theft by jihadists increasingly popular

October 4, 2012

Most funds raised by terrorists are collected on the basis of Islamic tax law.  For example, Al Qaeda has historically obtained its money from wealthy Arab donors’ zakat and sadaqa called for by the Koran and Hadith.  The Taliban has amassed a fortune from farmers’ ushr, Islam’s 10 percent tax on harvests.  Hezbollah has been heavily financed through khums, the Shia tax on profits based in the Koran.  Abu Sayyaf and AQIM have been enriched by ransoms which are permitted by the Koran.  Hawala, a means of transferring money established by Muhammad, has been a vital method of accessing cash for Kashmiri jihadists.

But a few recent stories suggest that robbery and banditry are gaining traction among jihadists as a means of funding themselves and their organizations.  Many Islamists view this as permissible because banks charge interest which is forbidden by Islam, the banks use “infidel” paper currency, and theft is justified if it is used in pursuit of jihad which trumps all other obligations.

What makes this story from Pakistan’s Express Tribune unusual is that we don’t normally hear of robberies by the Taliban (although it’s difficult to determine by reading the article whether all four names in the article are linked to the robberies, or if two suspects are extortionists and two are bank robbers):

KARACHI: Anti-Extremist Cell (AEC) of Crime Investigation Department (CID) has arrested two alleged terrorists belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in two different raids in Karachi.

According to CID, two suspects, Dost Mal and Noran Gul were allegedly involved in various extortion incidents across the metropolis and were also responsible to provide medical treatment to injured TTP terrorists in worn-torn Waziristan.

Dacoits [bandits] arrested

Police said they had arrested two suspected robbers, Irfan and Sadique.

They said that two were wanted in as many as 10 robbery cases, as well as being involved in other heinous crimes as well.

Police claimed to have recovered two TT pistols and a hand grenade from their possession.

The report added that Irfan had recently escaped from custody of the Korangi police station during remand. But was caught after a few days…

And now this from the Times of India:

Take to robbery to fund terror operations, Indian Mujahideen men told

NEW DELHI: Indian Mujahideen (IM) members had been instructed to take to crimes like dacoity and snatching to fund their terror activities in India without depending on hawala money.

The Meet Vihar arms factory was also part of this deal to try and fund activities besides encouraging an illegal arms boom in the country.

The arrest of Mohammad Tariq Anjum Hasan (34) alias Ehsaan – the co-founder of IM and their most important recruiter on Indian soil – by the Special Cell has for the first time helped cops unfurl sinister plots that the IM had hatched to fund their terror activities.

A year after six men from the banned organization SIMI were arrested in Madhya Pradesh,the police claim IM had been orchestrating several big robberies across north and central India to fund their terror activities.

“While a select group of men are involved with the actual planting of the bombs, the other sleeper modules – mostly drawn from the erstwhile SIMI organization – have been instructed to indulge in street crimes to sponsor terrorism.

They have been asked to target jewellery stores and banks for this purpose,” claimed a source adding that these men run into hundreds, many of whom are not aware of the final plot.

Sources claimed that besides Madhya Pradesh, the terror imprint has been found on robberies committed even at Pune, Patna, Jaipur and Ahmedabad.

Earlier, the SIMI and IM terrorists arrested in Bhopal had said that they were also behind the armed robbery that took place at the gold finance company in Manappuram last August.

According to the Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS), the gold loot worth 2.5 crore (13 kg gold) was planned and executed by the same men. They had robbed five banks in Dewas, Itarsi and two other places in the State and are also suspected to be behind the 2008 Ahmedabad blasts.

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Indian Mujahideen gave hawala for 13/7 attacks

February 10, 2012

In a follow-up to Tuesday’s post about the money trail behind the 13/7 Mumbai terror attacks, Indian anti-terrorism police have uncovered an additional link in the financial pipeline behind the jihadist carnage that left 26 dead.

We had already learned that 13/7 mastermind Yasin Bhatkal received funding for the attack from Kanwar Nain Patrija (also spelled Pathreja), a hawala dealer.

Hawala is simply a transfer, so somebody had to give Patrija the money in the first place.  Now we know who:  Indian Mujahideen members Riyaz Bhatkal and Haroon Rashid, who was arrested last year on separate but not altogether unrelated charges of counterfeiting, have been named in the investigation.  Indian television reports that Haroon Rashid also has ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba and Al Qaeda.  Roll tape:

More from DNA on Feb. 3, including information on the Dubai origins of the illicit cash:

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