Nauru website blocked for propagating Islamic State

A website whose domain is registered in Nauru has been blocked in India by Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for propagating the ideology of the Islamic State (IS).

“We have blocked the website as it propagated and tried to influence Indian youth into joining IS.

“It had some traffic from India because of which we blocked it,” said a senior ATS officer.

The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) is special police force in several states of India including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Bihar.

The Nauru website is one of three sites recently blocked by ATS.

One is a website associated with Robert Cerantonio, an Australian Islamist preacher.

He has been described by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) as one of two English-speaking “spiritual authorities” inspiring foreign fighters in Syria.

Cerantonio comes from an Irish-Catholic family.

He converted to Islam when he was 17.

The third link that has been blocked by the ATS is the 12th issue of Inspire Magazine, a mouthpiece of Al-Qaeda.

The Minister of State for Home Affairs Haribhai Parthibhai Chaudharyhaudhary said IS was using various internet-based platforms to propagate its ideology.

“Intelligence and security agencies monitor the cyber space closely to identify potential recruits and keep them under surveillance and take further action, if necessary.”

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