NIA arrests nine Al-Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal, Kerala

NIA arrests nine Al-Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal, Kerala

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday morning arrested nine terrorists of banned terror organisation Al-Qaeda from multiple locations in West Bengal and Kerala.

As per the anti-terror probe agency, simultaneous raids were conducted at several locations in Kerala's Ernakulam and West Bengal's Murshidabad. The nine arrested terrorists are associated with Pakistan sponsored module of Al-Qaeda.

NIA had received inputs about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at several different 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. Accordingly, a case was registered and an investigation was launched, the agency said in a statement.

While six terrorists were nabbed from West Bengal, three were caught from Kerala in early morning raids. A huge 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, NIA informed.

As per the preliminary investigation, 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. For this purpose, 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 statement from NIA read.

The arrested accused have been identified as ​Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, and Mosaraf Hossen who are residents of Ernakulam, Kerala and ​Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal, and ​Atitur Rehman, all residents of Murshidabad, West Bengal.

​The arrested terrorists will be produced before the concerned Courts in Kerala and West Bengal for police custody and further investigation.