Dailybhaskar.com | Last Modified - Sep 03, 2012, 02:14 AM IST
New Delhi: Killed in 2011, slain American national Anwar Al Awlaki continues to motivate young al-Qaida terrorists for jihad.
According to reports, Karnataka police found many editions of al-Qaida's online magazine - Inspire - stored as downloaded files on laptops and pen-drives of six of the accused, who were caught in Bangalore and Hubli last week for allegedly planning to attack defence and nuclear installations and assassinate politicians, journalists and businessmen.
"The suspects have confessed that they found the contents quite inspiring and wanted to do something big," sources said.
According to US government officials, Anwar al-Awlaki, an engineer and educator by training, was a senior talent recruiter and motivator who was involved with planning operations for the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda.
With a blog, a Facebook page, and many YouTube videos, the Saudi news station Al Arabiya described him as the "bin Laden of the Internet", though Bin Laden himself reportedly held Aulaqi in low esteem. Many of his videos have subsequently been removed from YouTube after a request from the US Congress.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde and top cops from security and intelligence agencies are scheduled to meet in the Capital next week to discuss the issue.
Pune blasts, Assam violence, illegal activities in cyber world, infiltration from across the border and Naxalism will also be discussed in the meeting.
In a major crackdown, nine Indian Mujahideen suspects and a journalist from a leading English newspaper was arrested in Karnataka for alleged terror activities.
Five IM suspects were arrested from Hubli and four from Bangalore. Reports said that the arrested journalist is a former Mid-Day crime reporter.
In a joint raid conducted by Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi police, cops seized laptops, computers and mobile phones.