US cracks the whip on Indian Mujahideen

US cracks the whip on Indian Mujahideen

Designates it a terrorist entity, slaps sanctions

US cracks the whip on Indian Mujahideen

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton slapped sanctions on the organisation. The State Department said IM maintains close ties to other US-designated terrorist entities including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Harkat ul-Jihad-i-Islami (HuJI). “IM’s stated goal is to carry out terrorist actions against non-Muslims in furtherance of its ultimate objective — an Islamic Caliphate across South Asia,” it said.

Dozens of attacks

IM is responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians.

“These designations highlight the threat posed by IM not only to Western interests, but to India, a close US partner. The Indian populace has borne the brunt of IM’s wanton violence and today’s actions illustrate our solidarity with the Indian Government,” stated Daniel Benjamin, the Department of State’s Coordinator for Counter terrorism.

These designations play a critical role in our fight against terrorism and are an effective means of curtailing support for terrorist activities.

Terror method

The State Department said, IM’s primary method of attack is multiple coordinated bombings in crowded areas against economic and civilian targets to maximise terror and casualties.

In 2010, IM carried out the bombing of a popular German bakery in Pune, killing 17 and injuring over 60 people. In 2008, an IM attack in Delhi killed 30 people. Also in 2008, it was responsible for 16 synchronised bomb blasts in crowded urban centres and a hospital that killed 38 and injured more than 100.