US Deems Indian Militant Group a Terrorist Organization

Posted September 15th, 2011 at 10:42 am (UTC-5)
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The United States has placed an Indian militant group with links to Pakistan on its list of terrorist organizations.

The State Department said Thursday that the Indian Mujahideen has been responsible for dozens of deadly bomb attacks throughout India since 2005.

The United States says the Indian Mujahideen has close ties to the Pakistan-based militant group Laskhar-e-Taiba, which was blamed for the 2008 terrorist attacks in the city of Mumbai.

The U.S. designation of the Indian Mujahideen as a terrorist organization prohibits American citizens from providing support to the militant group. The group's assets in the U.S. will also be frozen.

Some of the attacks blamed on the Indian militant group include last year's bombing of a German bakery in the city of Pune, which killed 17 people. The State Department says the Indian Mujahideen was also responsible for a 2008 blast in the Indian capital, New Delhi, that killed 30 people, and a series of bombings in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad that killed 38 people that same year.

The State Department says the Indian Mujahideen's goal is to carry out terrorist attacks against non-Muslims to further its ultimate objective of establishing a caliphate across South Asia that would unify the region's countries under sharia, or Islamic law.