Gujarat ATS nabs two suspected IS operatives for allegedly planning strikes at religious sites

Rajkot: Two suspected Islamic State terrorists, who were allegedly planning to carry out serial blasts at some religious places in Gujarat in the next couple of days, were arrested by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, the ATS said on Tuesday.

The two, who are brothers, were in touch with Islamic State operatives overseas through social media, police said, adding they have recovered bomb-making material from the two.

The two were allegedly planning to carry out blasts at religious places like Chotila.

"Acting on specific information, the Gujarat ATS team has nabbed two suspected terrorists having links with Islamic State," Anti-Terrorism Squad's Deputy Superintendent of Police KK Patel said.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

"They are siblings, identified as Waseem and Naeem Ramodiya. While Waseem was arrested from Rajkot, his brother was arrested from Bhavnagar," he said.

"The ATS formed two teams last night and nabbed them," he further said.

"They were ready with all material to make bombs and were planning to carry out blasts at religious places in the next two days," Patel said, claiming that a major terrorist attack has been averted with their arrest.

Gun powder, local made bombs with battery and masks to hide their identity were recovered from the two men, Patel said, adding the police also seized computers in which objectionable and prohibited content was found.

"They were in touch with Islamic State operatives outside the country through Twitter and other social media networks," the officer said.

ATS Superintendent of Police Himanshu Shukla said, "It is true that Chotila Temple was on their target. But we cannot give further details at this stage keeping in mind further investigations."

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2017 14:54:04 IST

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