ISIS plotting attacks during coronavirus lockdown

Vijaya Laxmi Tripura

According to a number of sources, Islamic State (ISIS) is secretly getting its members prepared for launching massive attacks on a number of Western nations including the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany during the ongoing lockdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

In India, ISIS may target the police, paramilitary and members of the law enforcement agencies during the lockdown imposed nationwide to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease. Delhi’s Special Cell DCP, Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said on April 1 that soon police personnel posted across India will be alerted about the imminent attacks.

Delhi Police had arrested a Kashmiri couple linked to the Khorasan module of the ISIS on 8 March. Delhi Police suspected then that the demonstrations against the amended citizenship law (CAA), which had turned into riots, had some association with terrorist organization ISIS. The couple — Jahanzeb Sami and Hina Bashir Baig — was found inciting demonstrators against the CAA.

The couple wanted to use the demonstrations against the CAA for terrorist attacks by inciting Muslim youth. The police also got electronic gadgets and jihadi documents from them. These people were in contact with the top leaders of ISIS-KP in Afghanistan.

According to information, members of Muslim Brotherhood, as well as other jihadist and terror outfits, including Hamas and Hezbollah, were actively working in spreading coronavirus in New York City and some other cities in the US.

MEMRI TV reported, Bahgat Saber, a New York-based Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood activist, said in a video he uploaded to his Facebook page on March 1, 2020 that any Egyptian who has flu-like symptoms or coronavirus should deliberately go to Egyptian police stations, public prosecution offices, courthouses, embassies, and consulates and shake hands with government officials in order to exact revenge against President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi’s government, which he said is deeply corrupt, and avenge the people Sisi has oppressed. He added that if he gets coronavirus, he plans to go to the Egyptian consulate in New York and infect the people working there.

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