Wreaking fear is pro-ISIS groups' hackneyed technique to reinstate their clout. Toeing on a similar line, in a shocking revelation, as many as 285 Indian nationals have been named in a list of 4000 odd targets put forth by the pro-ISIS group. This isn't the first time when a terror group has propounded such a list.
According to a report, the target list has been produced by pro-IS United Cyber Caliphate and released on Telegram, the terror outfit's private channel. The list has names and personal details of individuals to be killed. The data has been collated from open sources available online. The entire list has been presented in an excel sheet format with names and addresses of as many as 4681 people from across the world. Not only Indians, but also people hailing from US, Britain, Canada and France have been named.
Though the approach undertaken by the group seems to be unsophisticated, its allegiance with IS creates potential of having direct effect on the real world, according to analysts. On the other hand, the Jihadi intelligence agencies have belittled the threat posed by the list. The tactic behind the list seems to be in tandem with ISIS's philosophy, which calls for individuals who can't make it to Syria and Iraq for Jihad to act in their countries, to kill people averse of Islam.
An imagery with words like 'O individual wolves out there in the world. Kill the cross wherever you find it' and 'kill them strongly...kill the hardly' has been produced by the group along with the list. Besides hashtags like - Very important kill list and kill them immediately were also flashed in the aforementioned propaganda image.
The development comes in the wake of recent Orlando attack wherein 49 people were killed in a gay club by an inane gunman Omar Mateen. His allegiance to the ISIS group has further bolstered their process of dissemination of ideas which are essentially anti-non-Muslims. Last week, the UCC had released a similar target list with around 8000 names in it.
Though India's national Investigative agency isn't aware of the kill list, the counter-terror organization is keeping a close watch on suspects to avoid any such attacks. Recently, the dreaded terror group ISIS has launched a new propaganda video that showed off a large group of Kalashnikov-wielding jihadists allegedly from India fighting against the Syrian forces in the Homs province.