New Delhi, Mar 20: Terrorists of a Bangladesh-based terror group, Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), may target major cities like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata. According to a report of Zee News, ABT terrorists may have entered in several cities of the country to carry out terror activities. The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has nabbed five Bangladeshi nationals for allegedly having links with the ABT, a front organisation of Al Qaeda.

According to ATS sources, suspected ABT terrorists have a base in some parts of Mumbai, Pune and other cities in Maharashtra. On March 17, the Maharashtra ATS arrested three Bangladeshi nationals in connection with sheltering terrorists and having links with the ABT. The arrested suspects are Mohammad Ripan Hossein (25), Hannan Anwar Khan alias Hanan Babarali Ghazi (28) and Mohammadwadi Habibur Rahman alias Raj Jesub Mandal (31).

A day later, a team of Pune ATS officials arrested two more illegal Bangladeshi nationals for allegedly lending logistical support to the banned terror outfit. The suspects, identified as Mohammad Aahat Ali and Mohammad Hasan Ali, were nabbed from Ambernath in Thane and Mahad in Raigad. They have been living in Navi Mumbai and were in touch with the three arrested suspects, an ATS official was quoted as saying.

In all, 12 arrests have been made so far in the case. The crackdown on illegal Bangladeshi immigrants followed an alert from central agencies, stating the likelihood of ABT, gaining a foothold on Indian soil. The alert said the ABT may carry out an attack in Maharashtra with the help of immigrants who were providing logistical support to the terror outfit. The agencies are now probing possible visits of ABT members to Indian cities.

The ATS probe so far has revealed that these accused and their accomplices were helping the active members of ABT in Maharashtra. They were also helping terrorist activities financially and through various other ways.