Kolkata: In the chargesheet filed against first lone wolf attacker of ISIS in India – Mohammad Mosiuddin alias Abu Musa, the National Investigation Agency has claimed that he was watching videos of slain al-Qaida leader Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also the preacher of 9/11 US attacks plane hijackers.
Anwar al-Awlaki, who was also the first US national to have been killed in drone strikes in September 2011, was one of the biggest motivators and a recruiter for al-Qaida for a very long time. His name had also figured in a dozen other bombings including London 2005 attacks, Times Square bombing and others.
A team of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was in India earlier this month to question Musa more about his radicalisation through the videos of Awlaki and also whether ISIS’s principal recruiter in India – Shafi Armar, who sent him Awlaki’s speeches, was in touch with any other aide of al-Qaida.
The NIA chargesheet also says that Abu Musa was radicalised by Shafi Armar who sent him links of jihadi sites like Jihadology.net, Al-Shabab media and Just-Paste-it links, etc., apart from videos released by the Ansar Ut Tawid (AuT) and the footages of war between the cadres of the ISIS and the Iraqi forces.
Musa, as first reported by Times of India, was also in touch with Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders, who were involved in July 1 Holey Artisan bakery terror attack in Dhaka.
He met JMB leader Abu Suleiman, who owed allegiance to ISIS, several times including during latter’s trip to India – first in March 2015 and then in May 2016, a month before the Holey Artisan attack. While Shafi Armar remained in touch with Musa for a long time, Abu Suleiman asked him to attack foreigners in India as “lone wolf” and also encouraged him to use secured encrypted chat applications, like Telegram, Surespot, Threema, Chatsecure, to communicate with him and with other ISIS operatives.
NIA says, “forensic analysis of the electronic gadgets seized from Musa and the telegram chat contents retrieved during investigation shows that they contain many incriminating facts implicating the accused and reveal his jihadi mindset and his association with members of proscribed terrorist organisations, JMB / ISIS. The chat contents include many pdf files like “How to survive in the West- Mujahideen”, “Explosives Handbook” (The Mujahideen Explosives Handbook by Abdel-Aziz) which clearly show the dangerous intent of the accused.
It adds, “…..On the instructions of his handler, Abu Suleiman, Abu Musa went to Srinagar in May, 2016, to carry out lone wolf attack on foreign tourists. He also participated in a Friday congregation at the Jama Masjid and waved the ISIS flag there.”
Musa, NIA says, had also planned to attack and kill foreigners near the Mother Teresa House at the Ripon Street in Kolkata.
NIA chargesheet adds that “Musa entered into a criminal conspiracy to carry out terrorist activities by way of robbing/raping/killing/beheading members and servants of one influential and well to do family, to publicize the presence of the ISIS in India and to spread terror among the people in India.”
The family which he had planned to attack in Labhpur, West Bengal near his house, was identified by agencies and its name has been kept secret to save them from any attack.