The al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent has claimed responsibility for the murder of Bangladesh-born American blogger Avijit Roy in Dhaka in February this year. The militant group also claimed responsibility for the killings of other secular writers in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
According to a report by The Indian Express, Asim Umar, the Indian-born head of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent, said in a statement released online, “Like the companions of the Prophet who defended him with their lives, the mujahideen of al-Qaeda have despatched to hell many who blasphemed against God, and insulted the Prophet.”
Apart from Roy, the group has claimed the killing of Bangladeshi intellectual Ahmad Rajib Haidar, Rajshahi University scholar AKM Shaiful Islam, Karachi University Islamic Studies scholar Shakeel Auj and Urdu blogger Aneeka Naz, states the report.
Umar further said, “From Waziristan to Charlie Hebdo, this war is one. Whether it is waged upon us with drones or with Charlie Hebdo’s pen, with the International Monetary Fund or World Bank’s policies, or with the satanic conspiracy of Kerry-Lugar bill, which sought to humiliate the believers, or whether it is waged with the hate-filled words of Narendra Modi, which call for Muslims to be burned live.”