NIA Arrested 9 Al-Qaeda Linked Militants From Kerala And West-Bengal

by Shatakshi Gupta

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) busted al-Qaeda modules in Murshidabad in West Bengal and Ernakulam in Kerala.  9 Al-Qaeda linked terrorists were arrested after the raid.  More information is awaited in the case.  Of these, 6 were arrested from West Bengal and 3 from Kerala.

All had links with Pakistan based Al-Qaeda

The NIA reported that according to preliminary investigations, these individuals were radicalized on social media by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda militants and motivated to carry out attacks in several places, including the National Capital Region.  The NIA is looking into whether locals have supported these operatives. 

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The module was actively involved in fundraising and some members of the group were planning to travel to New Delhi to purchase arms and ammunition.  It is possible that this arrest could prevent possible terrorist attacks in different parts of the country.  Sufficient amount of illegal and objectionable materials like digital gadgets, documents, jihadist literature, sharpened weapons, country-made firearm, a locally manufactured body armour have been recovered from them.

ISIS terrorist caught last month

 Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested suspected ISIS terrorist Abu Yusuf alias Mustaqim from Dhaulakuan during the encounter.  Yusuf, a resident of Balrampur in UP, was plotting attacks in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The Ram Mandir of Ayodhya was also on the target of suspected terrorist.