Al-Qaida's ‘Burqa Brigade’ formed to hit Western targets
In a deadly two-prong strategy formulated by the al-Qaida think-tank, an all-women squad dubbed the ‘Burqa Brigade’ has been formed to target military bases and official buildings in Western nations, even as al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has exhorted Muslims to kidnap Westerners to be used for swapping "jihadists" jailed in the West.
The female burqa-clad (black-veiled) cadres are being trained by al-Qaida and Taliban (allegedly) to infiltrate and attack the enemy targets in the West as they are less likely to draw attention to themselves than their male counterparts.
The chilling film posted on the Web by the extremists depicts the women in traditional garb being taught how to wield dangerous weapons like machine guns, Kalashnikov assault rifles, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades during training sessions at an undisclosed location.
Apparently these women have been inducted into the squad from the volatile, conflict-ridden Russian republic of Chechnya. The British tabloid, The Sun reported on Sunday Oct. 27 that the Chechnyan women are being recruited by an al-Qaida linked group having its bases in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Emblazoned on the online videos is also the symbol of "Islam Awazi" (Voice of Islam), which is an al-Qaida linked terror organization based in Russia's Caucus region. It’s a matter of grave concern now for anti-terror authorities and experts.
Counter-terrorism authorities are well-aware that the rationale behind forming such all-female squad by the global terror outfits is that the women would be less likely to raise suspicion than men, and it will be relatively easier for them to slip through security barricades.
The latest report is raising concerns also because in recent times several women terrorists have been arrested in the West. In different countries there are increasing instances of female suicide bombers successfully hitting targets causing wanton destruction.
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