New Delhi, Dec 26: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted searches at 17 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh and arrested ten suspects in connection with a new Islamic State module named ‘Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam’.
All the accused will be produced before the NIA special court tomorrow.
The Anti Terror Squad of the Uttar Pradesh Police and the special cell of the Delhi Police jointly carried out the raids in national capital’s Seelampur and UP’s Amroha, Hapur, Meerut and Lucknow.
Addressing media, NIA Inspector General, Alok Mittal said that After initial interrogation of the 16 suspects, we have decided to arrest 10 accused including the gang leader of the module Mufti Sohail.
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Sohail stays in Delhi and is a native of Amroha in UP where he works at a mosque.
“Level of preparation suggests their aim was to carry out explosions in near future by remote control blasts and fidayeen attacks. This is a new ISIS-inspired module, they were in touch with a foreign agent. Identities are yet to be established”, Mittal stated.
During searches, the officials recovered a total amount worth Rs 7.5 lakh, nearly 100 mobile phone, 135 SIM cards, laptops and memory, large quantities of explosive material, weapons and ammunition including a country made a rocket launcher.
“Their targets were political persons and other important personalities and vital and security installations”, he added.