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No threat from Al Qaeda or ISIS, but India is alert: NSA

October 21, 2014 22:57 IST

There is no threat from either Al Qaeda or ISIS of a magnitude which the country cannot deal with, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval said on Tuesday but asserted that security agencies were keeping a "very close watch".

His comments came in response to a question at the Munich Security Conference in New Delhi.

"There is nothing as big or small terrorism. It is not on the basis of geography, but on the basis of groups, it is on the basis of capabilities and tactics. Any group -- about whom we have information -- that has the capability and intention to strike against would be our biggest targets," he said.

"I don't think threats are of magnitude from either one of them which we are not in a position to cope," he said.

The NSA's statement comes in the backdrop of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's video message about the creation of an Indian branch of his militant group to "raise the flag of jihad" across South Asia.

There have been reports, some of which have been confirmed, of Indian youths, especially from Kalyan in Maharashtra, joining the ISIS. Concerns were raised after ISIS flags were recently raised in Kashmir.

Doval, however, added that security agencies were keeping a close watch on the developments of both these terror groups.

"But, we have to watch very, very closely in case any of these relationships develop and in case they start targeting India or interest of India, we will have to take a very serious view," he said.