New Delhi, November 28: In a statement that could possible trigger a controversy, Union Minister of State Kiren Rijiju said in a TV interview that South Indian Muslims are more attracted towards the ideologies of the formidable terror outfit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), than their North Indian counterparts. Underlining the threat to India, from ISIS, Rijiju said that the terror group coule be expected to carry out strikes anywhere in the country.Also Read - India Soon Going To Launch 75 Satellites To Space Made By Students: PM Modi at UNGA

“It is a reality (some south Indian Muslims getting attracted to ISIS). It is a fact. But we should not undermine our vigil in other parts of the country,” Rijiju stated, in reply to a question on the possibility of an ISIS ‘lone wolf’ carrying out an attack in the country.He made the statement on the seventh anniversary of the deadly 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai. He however, later said that the threat from the outfit should not be looked at from a regional standpoint, but rather from a pan India angle. He also reassured that steps are being taken to prevent the execution of the outfits diabolical plans. Also Read: First Indian ISIS graduate: Maharashtra boy part of deadly terror outfit suicide bomb squad Also Read - Some Countries Use Terrorism as Political Tool: PM Modi Takes Dig at Pakistan in His UNGA Address

According to a PTI report, till now a total of 23 Indians have joined the ISIS, out of which six have been known to be killed in various incidents. Three of these hailed from Karnataka, while the rest were natives of Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Telangana. Upon being asked how the government was planning to meet the ISIS challenge, Rijiju said, “”Anything that threatens the security of the country is taken seriously and the home ministry’s mandate is to provide security to the people and the country.” Also Read - COVID, Terrorism, Climate Change: Here’s What to Expect From PM Modi’s Address at UNGA Today