Insulting the Prophet Muhammad SAW, Al-Qaeda Threatens to Prepare a Wave of Attacks in India

Insulting the Prophet Muhammad SAW, Al-Qaeda Threatens to Prepare a Wave of Attacks in India
Indian Muslims shout slogans as they react to the derogatory references to Islam and the Prophet Muhammad

International Military - Indian police across the country are on high alert after groups affiliated with the terrorist group al-Qaeda threatened a wave of suicide attacks.

Al-Qaeda threatened to take revenge on India after politicians from the ruling party were deemed to have insulted the Prophet Muhammad. Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) released a letter on Monday saying the states of Delhi, Mumbai, Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat would be targeted.

The group vowed to use children as suicide bombers, and attacked Hindu politicians living in the fortified compound.

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The Indian government says it is taking the threat seriously, and police in states on the list of threatening letters are on high alert. The threat follows a wave of anger from global Muslims over comments made by Nupur Sharma, the national spokesman for India's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

On May 26, Sharma took part in a televised debate and expressed his views on the Prophet Muhammad and his wife Ayesha. The video later went viral, and was condemned by many Muslims as blasphemy.

The reaction led to Sharma and BJP's Delhi media chief Naveen Kumar Jindal who tweeted about the Prophet Muhammad and later deleted the message suspended and labeled "fringe elements" which do not represent the views of the Indian government.

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Sharma later apologized on Twitter, claiming that he never meant to insult anyone's religious beliefs. The 37-year-old insisted that her comments were in response to the constant insults and disrespect for the Hindu god Mahadev made during the debate.

"I hereby withdraw my statement unconditionally," he wrote. His apology failed to quell Muslim anger, which has spread far beyond India.

As of Tuesday, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Maldives, Jordan, Bahrain, Libya, Qatar, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Afghanistan have all filed formal complaints over the BJP member's comments. Indonesia, which has the world's largest Muslim population, has summoned the Indian ambassador in Jakarta.

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Bahrain denounced the statement as a provocation against Muslim feelings and an incitement to religious hatred.

The hashtag #ShameOnBJP is also trending on Twitter. However, there are also many users who support Sharma and insist that the Modi government must not succumb to pressure from the Muslim world.

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