New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested 9 suspected Al-Qaeda operatives after raids in West Bengal’s Murshidabad and Kerala’s Ernakulam. The suspected terrorists were planning to carry out terror attacks at vital installations in India. Also Read - West Bengal: 5 Killed as Boat Capsizes During Durga Idol Immersion in Murshidabad
In a statement, the NIA has said that these individuals were radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region (NCR). Also Read - Abu Muhsin Al-Masri, Al-Qaeda's Second-in-command on FBI's Most Wanted List Killed by Afghan Security Forces
“Four out of the nine Al-Qaeda terrorists arrested by NIA were planning to go to Kashmir for weapons delivery on the instruction of their Pakistani handlers. The terrorists were directly in contact with Pakistani handlers”, said NIA official. Also Read - Kerala Tourism News: CM Pinayari Vijayan Launches 26 New Projects - Here's All You Need to Know
“A large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession”, said the probe agency.
It added, “The module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. These arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country”.
While six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were nabbed from Kerala. They were identified as — Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossen, Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman. They will be produced before courts in Kerala and Bengal.