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Lone wolf attacks

  • Category
    Security
  • Published
    1st Oct, 2019

Masood Azhar is heard in a recent audio clip exhorting ‘Kashmiri’ youngsters to do their religious duty by rising up against India’s move to abrogate Article 370. Pakistan knows that turning Kashmir into a ‘religious’ war will attract terrorists and lone wolf attackers.

Issue

Context

Masood Azhar is heard in a recent audio clip exhorting ‘Kashmiri’ youngsters to do their religious duty by rising up against India’s move to abrogate Article 370. Pakistan knows that turning Kashmir into a ‘religious’ war will attract terrorists and lone wolf attackers.

Background

  • A lone wolf attack is undertaken by a very small group or an individual in support of a larger cause, but without the overall supervision or support of a terrorist organisation.
  • The potential for such attacks in various parts of the world is evident from the call given by the Islamic State (IS) encouraging its supporters and sympathisers, who are not formally enlisted cadres, to undertake lone wolf strikes.
  • India has remained free of the phenomenon until now. This situation could, however, change as is indicated by some distinct shifts in the nature of the terrorist challenge confronting the country.
  • The IS has attempted to exploit the chasms in society as a result of perceived religious persecution. This is accompanied by articulate, strong, reasoned and clear messages which draw the youth away from the chaos and inherent fragility of modern societies. While India has not experienced a lone wolf terrorist strike, there have been cases of recruitment for propagating the IS ideology and participating in the on-going conflict in Syria.
  • Thus it is a matter of time before they find recruits willing to employ violence in India itself.
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