The Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) mentioned on Saturday that it has busted an al Qaeda module and arrested 9 individuals who had been allegedly making plans to hold out main terror moves in India on the path in their Pakistan-based handler.
The 9 suspects had been picked up from West Bengal and Kerala on Saturday, other people acquainted with the tendencies mentioned, asking for anonymity.
The suspects, underneath the scanner for a while, had been arrested after the company learnt that they bought huge amounts of guns, country-made firearms, in the neighborhood fabricated frame armour, jihadi literature, and literature used for making explosives, in line with the officers cited above.
Additionally learn: Family members of alleged al Qaeda operatives arrested from Bengal nonetheless confused about offence
The suspects had been making plans assaults at a number of places, together with Delhi-NCR, Kochi and Mumbai, and so they had been about to depart for Kashmir to obtain a consignment of guns, which was once more likely to arrive from Pakistan, the officers added.
“NIA learnt about an inter-state module of al Qaeda operatives at quite a lot of places in India, together with West Bengal and Kerala. The gang was once making plans to adopt terrorist assaults at important installations in India with an intention to kill blameless other people and strike terror of their minds,” NIA spokesperson Sonia Narang mentioned in a commentary.
Additionally learn: nine Al-Qaeda operatives arrested by means of NIA in raids carried out in West Bengal, Kerala. Complete checklist
“Those people had been radicalised by means of Pakistan-based al Qaeda terrorists on social media and had been motivated to adopt assaults at more than one puts, together with the Nationwide Capital Area (NCR). For this function, the module was once actively indulging in fund-raising and a couple of participants of gang had been making plans to commute to New Delhi to acquire palms and ammunition. Those arrests have pre-empted conceivable terrorist assaults in quite a lot of portions of the rustic,” the commentary mentioned.
The handler of the module has been recognized as Abu Hamza, who’s in Pakistan. He’s mentioned to be immediately related to the primary al Qaeda outfit headed by means of Ayman al-Zawahiri, in line with the officers acquainted with the investigation. The suspected Indian operatives had been discovered to had been in contact with the management of the al Qaeda within the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), and no longer the overall top command of the fear workforce.
All 9 suspects are citizens of West Bengal. Whilst 3 of them (Murshid Hasan, a labourer; Iyakub Biswas, a salesperson; and Mosaraf Hossen, a cook dinner at a small eatery) had been held in Kerala’s Ernakulam, the rest six (Abu Sufiyan, a tailor; Mainul Mondal, a cook dinner; Leu Yean Ahmed, an electrician; Ali Mamun Kamal, a motive force; and Najmus Sakib and Atitur Rahman, each pursuing commencement) had been taken into custody from West Bengal’s Murshidabad.
Murshid Hasan is thought to be heading the nine-member module and was once receiving instructions from Pakistan via social media.
A senior legit who didn’t need to be named mentioned that the company recovered YouTube movies of Murshid Hasan — who is thought to had been in contact with the Pakistan-based handler for a 12 months — by which he purportedly threatened to kill non-Muslims. Additionally, the company detected a YouTube channel of Leu Yean Ahmed on which he allegedly propagated jihadi ideology.