Nine Al-Qaeda operatives were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), after raids in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and Ernakulam in Kerala. The arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country, ANI quoted NIA as saying.
The module was actively indulging in fundraising and was planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. They were radicalised on social media by the Pakistan-based terrorist organisation and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region.
An NIA release the three arrested from Kerala as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas and Mosaraf Hossen– who were all residing in Ernakulam. The six picked up from Murshidabad were identified as Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.
A large quantity of incriminating materials including body armour, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, notes on making explosive devices have been seized from their possession, the agency said.
The arrested terrorists will be produced before the concerned Courts in Kerala and West Bengal for police custody and further investigation. (More details are awaited.)