Indian Mujahideen

Indian Mujahideen (IM) is a terrorist group based In India, as alleged by certain groups, known for carrying out several attacks against civilian targets in India.

Believed by some to be a front for the Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba to create tension between India's Muslim and Hindu communities and by others to be a "shadow amalgam of the Students Islamic Movement of India", the Indian Mujahideen on 4 June 2010 was declared a terrorist organisation and banned by the Government of India. On 22 October 2010, New Zealand declared it a terrorist organisation. In September 2011, the United States officially placed the Indian Mujahideen on its list of terrorist organisations, with the State Department acknowledging that the group had engaged in several terrorist attacks in India and had regional aspirations with the ultimate aim of creating an "Islamic caliphate" across South Asia. The terror group was banned by UK as it aimed at creating Islamic State and implementing Shariat law in India, by use of indiscriminate violence.

A number of botched arrests and custodial deaths have continued to raise questions in the mainstream media and even consipiracy theories particularly among India's beseiged muslim community that the so-called Indian Mujahideen is a counterfeit organisation set up by vested interests with the intent to tarnish the Indian muslim community with the Al-qaeda tag that was until then never used in reference to Indian Muslims, as confirmed by then US President George W. Bush during his official visit to India.

Investigators believe that Indian Mujahideen is one of many groups composed of lower-tier SIMI members. According to the Indian Intelligence Bureau, SIMI took new titles because the top leadership of SIMI have been detained and would be available for interrogation. The change in names is believed to signal a change in tactics as SIMI affiliated militants attempt to garner more support from India's Muslim community rather than be seen as a group consisting of foreigners. Two days after the 13 May 2008 Jaipur bombings, the extremist group sent an e-mail to Indian media in which they claimed responsibility for the attacks and said they would "demolish the faiths (all religions apart from Islam) of the infidels of India". The biggest and boldest attack to date by the group was the 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts, where it gained national notoriety with a casualty count towards 50.

Terrorist attacks in India
(since 2001)

List of terrorist incidents in India
Attacks with 50+ deaths in italics

2001
Indian Parliament
Srinagar
2002
1st Raghunath Temple
Akshardam Temple
Kolkata
Kaluchak massacre
Qasimnagar massacre
Rafiganj train
2nd Raghunath Temple
2002 Mumbai bus bombing
Kurnool train
2003
1st Mumbai 2003
2nd Mumbai 2003
3rd Mumbai 2003
4th Mumbai 2003
2005
Ayodhya
Delhi 2005
Jaunpur train
2006
Varanasi
Jama Masjid
Doda massacre
Mumbai 2006
Malegaon
West Bengal train
Srinagar
2007
Samjhauta Express
Mecca Masjid
Hyderabad
Ajmer Dargah
Uttar Pradesh
2008
Jaipur
Bangalore
Ahmedabad
1st Delhi 2008
2nd Delhi 2008
Malegaon/Modasa
Agartala
Imphal
Assam
Mumbai 2008
2009
1st Guwahati
2nd Guwahati
2010
Bangalore
Pune
Dantewada
Jnaneswari Express
Jama Masjid Delhi
Varanasi
2011
Mumbai
Delhi
2012
Israeli diplomats, Delhi
Pune
2013
Hyderabad
Srinagar

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