3 al Qaeda ‘sympathisers’ arrested by NIA in Madurai

MADURAI: In a joint operation with police of two states, NIA today arrested three persons suspected to be part of a group sympathising with al Qaeda and involved in five blast cases in court premises of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April.

Swooping down on various locations, NIA with the help of Tamil Nadu and Telangana Police, apprehended four youths for their involvement in the blasts at court complexes.

“During sustained examination, three of the four confessed about their involvement in these blasts,” NIA spokesman said, adding three of them have been placed under arrest while the fourth was still being questioned.

The cases relate to blasts inside a vehicle at a parking place at district court complex, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on April 7; in a parking area of CJM Court Complex at Kollam in Kerala on June 15; inside court complex at Mysuru on August 1, in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and inside a toilet complex of judicial court, Malappuram in Kerala on November 1. (AGENCIES)

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