India second largest source of components ISIL uses to make explosives

WASHINGTON: India is said to be the second largest source of components, such as detonators and detonating cord, used by terror group ISIL for making explosive devices, a Wall Street Journal story said quoting a latest report.

The London-based Conflict Armament Research (CAR), whose team work on the ground in active armed conflicts, prepared this report from evidence collected during 20-month investigation in Iraq and Syria. According to the news report, the research center reports found that “most of the detonators, detonating cord, and safety fuses,” used by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for made by Indian companies.

The report quoting CAR research said that it found evidence of parts from 51 companies from 20 countries including the U.S., Russia, China, Brazil, Iran, Belgium, Netherlands and Japan. The report said that of 700 components collected from the battlefields, “there were evidence of supplies from 13 Turkish companies and seven Indian companies”.

All the components from India, according to the report, were legally exported under government-issued licenses from India to entities in Lebanon and Turkey. The WSJ report said that a spokesman for India’s defense ministry declined to comment.

The terrorist attacks have caused heavy civilian and military casualties in attacks by the ISIL which has been able to prepare IEDs, often made up of material that are easily available such as fertilizers and ammonium nitrate.

The WSJ report, quoting CAR, said there were no evidence to suggest that the countries or companies identified by the report made and direct deal with Islamic State, or ISIL. “The companies sold their components with other companies who in turn sold them to smaller commercial entities,” the report added.