In a pre-emptive action, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) this morning nabbed nine terrorists belonging to the Al-Qaeda from different locations in Kerala’s Ernakulam and West Bengal’s Murshidabad. According to NIA sources, the action came after they received intelligence of a possible terror attack being planned.
Large quantities 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 the possession of the terrorists.
According to the agency, preliminary investigations have revealed that they 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.
The module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the 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.
The arrested individuals include Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossen (all from Ernakulam), and Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal, and Atitur Rehman (Murshidabad residents).
The agency said that the arrested terrorists will be produced before the concerned courts in Kerala and West Bengal for police custody.