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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Three people linked to terror group Al-Qaeda were arrested in Lucknow
  • The incriminating materials include two semi-prepared IED-based pressure cooker bombs and explosive materials
  • They were planning to unleash terror attacks in different cities of the state scheduled before 15th August (Independence Day)
  • After the arrest of the two, the Bihar Police issued an alert in districts and railway stations

On Sunday, three people linked to terror group Al-Qaeda were arrested in Lucknow. This arrest marked the third major terror module within a year in the country after Kerala and Bengal. On Sunday, after the arrest of the two linked to Al-Qaeda, the Bihar Police issued an alert in districts and railway stations.

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) had recovered incriminating materials from the terrorists arrested in Lucknow. The incriminating materials include two semi-prepared IED-based pressure cooker bombs and explosive materials.

The two arrested operatives, Minhaz Ahmed (30) and Maseeruddin (50) had been living in Lucknow and were associated with Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Ghazwatul Hind. Ahmed’s father has been running a motor workshop in the Dubagga area of Lucknow.

According to the Uttar Pradesh police, the two arrested were in touch with their handler Umar Halmandi who is the head of the Uttar Pradesh module of Al-Qaeda. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar stated that they were planning to unleash terror attacks in different cities of the state scheduled before 15th August (Independence Day). He added that the men had plans for the explosion including the use of human bombs.

Former additional director general of BSF and security expert, PK Mishra stated that Al-Qaeda’s sleeper cells are distributed in many parts of the country. He added that the team needs to get their handlers in order to stop their funding and demolish the networks.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh ATS is looking for the two associates of Ahmed and Maseeruddin who escaped just before the two were arrested on Sunday.

Last year, NIA had arrested nine Al-Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal and Kerala. The agency stated that the terrorists had plans to attack in several places in the country, including National Capital Region (NCR).

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