NIA: 9 Al-Qaeda terrorists arrested in raids in Kerala, West Bengal
Nine Al-Qaeda operatives were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), after raids in multiple locations
New Delhi: National Investigation Agency arrested nine Al-Qaeda operatives after multiple raids in Kerala’s Ernakulam and West Bengal’s Murshidabad. According to reports, the nine terrorists were arrested on September 18 night.
The report added that these arrested accused are linked to a terror plot targeting Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai. The terrorists' targets included Kochi Naval base and shipyard.
The NIA also seized digital devices, jihadi literature, documents, bomb making materials and weapons from the terrorists.
Three terrorists arrested from Kochi are identified as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswas and Mosaraf Hossen and six arrested from West Bengal are Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.
The officials are also investigating whether more people are part of the team and will arrest them.
The report also stated that the module was actively indulging in fund-raising, and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to Delhi to procure arms and ammunition.