India On Alert After Threat Of Possible Strike By Terror Group ISIS

18/06/2015 10:30 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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A Shiite member of the Iraqi pro-government forces flashes the V-sign for 'victory' as he stands in front of a mural depicting the Islamic State (IS) group's flag on the outskirts of the Iraqi town of Ad-Dawr, on March 6, 2015, during a military operation to retake the Tikrit area from jihadists. Some 30,000 Iraqi security forces members and allied fighters launched the operation to retake Tikrit on March 2, 2015, the largest of its kind since IS overran swathes of territory last June. AFP PHOTO / AHMAD AL-RUBAYE (Photo credit should read AHMAD AL-RUBAYE/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- There might be a terror strike in India by the Islamic State, or ISIS, targeting Turkish nationals and interests. An India Today report says that the Intelligence Bureau has sounded an alert on June 1 to all state police forces across the country. This is the first time such an alert has been issued.

While there has been reports earlier of ISIS sympathisers active in India, and even of large number of Indian recruits to the terror group, India has not been under threat of an attack. India banned the Islamic State last year after arresting a Bengaluru-based engineer who had been running a Twitter account sympathising with the terror group's activities. Last month, an Indian national who escaped persecution by ISIS claimed that the terror group has killed 39 Indian hostages.

Read: India Bans ISIS, Hunts For Sympathisers

The possibility of a strike comes after developments in Syria which has out Turkish Missions and interests under threat in countries across the globe. The alert specifically calls for increased security to Turkish interests. India will be working with international intelligence agencies to counter the threat, and all airports are on alert.

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