WASHINGTON: The United States on Thursday said it has placed the Indian Mujahideen (IM), a militant group known for bombings in India, on its list of terrorist organizations.
“An India-based terrorist group with significant links to Pakistan, IM is responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians,” the State Department said.
It said the group maintained close ties to Pakistani-based groups on the terrorism list, and had as its goal attacks against non-Muslims with the ultimate aim of creating an Islamic caliphate across South Asia.
India has accused the group of carrying out an attack in town of Pune February 13, 2010 that claimed the lives of 16 people.
IM has also claimed responsibility for a series of bombings in New Delhi in September 2008, as well as 16 coordinated explosions in July 2008 in Ahmedabad and bombings the same year in Jaipur.
Placing the group on the terrorism list means that their assets can be frozen and Americans are barred from assisting the group.