Islamic State planned serial blasts on Kanpur’s Dewa Shareef shrine, says report
Even though a suspected terrorist has been killed in the Lucknow encounter, the Islamic State threat to India looms large as reports suggest that an IS cell was planning to carry out serial blasts at Kanpur's Dewa Shareef.
According to a Hindustan Timesreport, the Islamic State group had planned to attack the shrine of the revered Sufi saint Waris Ali Shah on March 27.
The information came to fore after the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) picked up two youths — Faizan and Imran — following blast on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. The report said the information was recovered from a laptop used by one of the cell’s members.
At least 10 people persons were injured, three of them seriously, in the IED blast near Jabdi station in Shajapur district of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday.
Last month, over 70 people were killed and nearly 150 others injured when an Islamic State suicide bomber blew himself up inside the crowded shrine of revered Sufi Lal Shahbaz Qalandar in Sehwan town, some 200 kms northeast of Karachi in Pakistan.
Faizan, one of the arrested youth told the ATS that the eight-member IS cell was planning to replicate the attack on Dewa Shareef.