NEW DELHI/KOLKATA/ KOCHI, Sept 19: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) today said it has unearthed a Pakistan-sponsored Al-Qaeda terror module in the country and arrested nine people planning to undertake attacks at vital installations at multiple locations including in the National Capital Region (NCR) and also targeted killings.
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Foiling an attempt by the Al-Qaeda to establish base in India and unleash terror, the NIA sleuths swooped on recruits “radicalised” by the Pakistan-based operatives of the internationally banned terror group and arrested six men in West Bengal and another three in Kerala, the agency spokesperson said. Those arrested from Kerala, who are migrant workers, are originally residents of West Bengal.
Acting on a tip-off provided by Central Intelligence Agencies, the NIA, with the help of the respective State Police Force, carried out raids yesterday at Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal.
Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossen were picked up from Ernakulam while Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman were held in Murshidabad, the spokesperson said. Hasan was leading the gang, he said.
“NIA conducted simultaneous raids at several locations at Ernakulam (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal) and arrested nine terrorists associated with Pakistan sponsored module of Al-Qaeda.
“NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India including West Bengal and Kerala. The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds,” the investigation agency said in a statement.(PTI)