NIA arrests nine people with suspected Al Qaeda links from Kerala, West Bengal; firearms, body armour seized

An NIA press release said that the agency 'carried out the simultaneous raids at several locations in Ernakulam (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal)'

FP Staff September 19, 2020 12:04:32 IST

Nine suspected terror operatives were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) following raids in West Bengal and Kerala, the agency announced on Saturday.

The arrests were made following raids on a group allegedly linked to the Pakistan-sponsored Al Qaeda.

An NIA press release said that the agency "carried out the simultaneous raids at several locations in Ernakulam (Kerala) and Murshidabad (West Bengal)". This was after it learnt about an inter-state module of Al Qaeda operatives at various locations in India, according to an official statement.

"Large quantity of materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession. As per preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by the Pakistan-based Al Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region," the NIA said.

While six persons were arrested from Bengal, three were arrested from Kerala.

Those who have been arrested from Kerala's Ernakulam have been identified as Murshid Hasan, Iyakub Biswa and Mosaraf Hossen. The names of those who have been arrested from West Bengal's Murshidabad are Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman.

The Indian Express quoted a source from the agency as saying that Murshid Hassan was leading the group, and that all the individuals in the group were connected to each other.

The report also quoted an official as saying that the group had to be arrested as they had procured batteries, switches, wires and firecrackers that could be used to make a bomb.

Updated Date: September 19, 2020 12:06:41 IST

Find latest and upcoming tech gadgets online on Tech2 Gadgets. Get technology news, gadgets reviews & ratings. Popular gadgets including laptop, tablet and mobile specifications, features, prices, comparison.

also read


Afghanistan govt claims killing of top al-Qaeda propagandist wanted by FBI

The Al-Qaeda propagandist who was killed was Husam Abd al-Rauf, also known by the nom de guerre Abu Muhsin al-Masri


Donald Trump says Sudan to be removed from terror list if it fulfills $335 million compensation pledge

Sudan has agreed to pay compensation for victims of the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, attacks conducted by Osama bin Laden’s Al-Qaeda network while he was living in Sudan


Jeddah knife attack: Man arrested in Saudi Arabia for stabbing guard at French consulate

The assault took place the same day as three people were killed in a knife attack at a church in the French city of Nice