Thursday, 04 September 2014 - 18:55
India and Sri Lanka vigilant on Al Qaida leader's threat.-Video
Army Media Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said Sri Lankan Defence authorities would take action to study the Al-Qaeda Leader’s statement to launch its operation in the south Asian region.
Meanwhile, India ordered several states to be on high alert after al Qaeda announced the formation of a wing of the militant group in India and its neighbourhood.
Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri declared in a video message today that the global Islamist extremist movement has launched a new branch to lead its struggle in the Indian sub-continent.
In the video, found in online jihadist forums by the SITE terrorism monitoring group, Zawahiri said the new force would "crush the artificial borders" dividing Muslim populations in the region.
Al-Qaeda is active in Afghanistan and Pakistan, where its surviving leadership are thought to be hiding out, but Zawahiri said "Qaedat al-Jihad" would take the fight to India, Myanmar and Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, speaking to our news team International terrorism expert
Dr. Rohan Gunarathna said South Asian leaders should respond to the statement by Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri.