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In a new video, the Indian wing chief of al-Qaeda has said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's words are among the factors that have led to a war against Muslims.

The chief of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Asim Umar, said that a war is going on against Muslims "Through the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, drone attacks, Charlie Hebdo's writings... and Narendra Modi's speeches, which call for Muslims to be burnt alive — this is the same war," Business Standard reported.

The Indian Intelligence is analysing the video, "From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down", which was released by the terror outfit's media wing, As-Sahab productions, on 2 May.

In the video, Umar not only claimed responsibility for the murder of Bangladesh-born American blogger Avijit Roy, but also of other Bangladeshi bloggers, including Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, Rajib Haider, and AKM Shafiul Islam.

"The killing mission started in Pakistan with the murder of the secular Dr Shakeel Auj and blogger Aneeqa Naz," Hindustan Times quoted Umar as saying.

Atheist blogger Roy was dragged out of a rickshaw and hacked to death by unidentified assailants on a street of Dhaka, on the evening of 26 February, while returning from a book fair with his wife.

Roy was famous for his writings on blog Mukto-Mona, a website for freethinkers and atheists. He had also held several protests against imprisonment of bloggers.

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