Mumbai: In a huge development, the National Investigation Agency on Saturday busted a massive al-Qaeda terror module in the states of West Bengal and Kerala.
Nine terrorist operatives have been arrested from Murshidabad in West Bengal and Ernakulam in Kerala under 11 raids by the NIA. While six have been arrested from West Bengal, the other three have been arrested from Kerala.
In addition, the terrorist module actively raised funds and was planning to go to Delhi to buy weapons and ammunition.
“The module was actively involved in fundraising and some gang members were planning to travel to New Delhi to purchase arms and ammunition. These arrests have led to possible terrorist attacks in different parts of the country,” NIA said.
The Anti-Terrorism Investigation Agency has seized several substandard materials, including firearms, body armor, and explosive devices from the terrorists.
A large number of incriminating materials, including digital devices, documents, jihadist literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, locally manufactured body armor, explosive devices used to build houses, and their captured equipment Including a large amount of material, ”the statement further stated.
The arrested individuals have been identified as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas, Mosaraf Hossein (all from Ernakulam), and Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal, and Atitur Rehman (from Murshidabad).
Four out of the nine Al-Qaeda terrorists arrested by NIA were planning to go to Kashmir for weapons delivery on the instruction of their Pakistani handlers. The terrorists were directly in contact with Pakistani handlers: NIA official
— ANI (@ANI) September 19, 2020
The NIA received inputs about an inter-state module of al-Qaeda at various locations across the country and filed a case on 11 May 2020.
The terrorists will soon be produced before the courts of Kerala and West Bengal for police custody.