UP ATS arrests suspected Islamic State operative Abu Zaid from Mumbai airport, was radicalising youths in Riyadh

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested Abu Zaid, an Islamic State suspect from Mumbai’s international airport, said media reports.

Abu Zaid is believed to be an Islamic State ideologue and was returning to Mumbai from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Anand Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) told the media on Sunday.  He said Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to Islamic State.

"He will be brought to Lucknow on a transit remand and will be produced in the court. We will take him in police custody for interrogating him," the ADG said.

In April, the ATS had arrested four suspected Islamic State terrorist Umar alias Nazim, Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Mufti alias Faizan and Jakawan alias Eihtesham. Zaid's name had cropped up during interrogation. "They used to talk via an application on the Internet and Zaid was their ideologue," the ADG said.

According to Times Now, Zaid is believed to have run an Islamic State network involving several youths from Western Uttar Pradesh while staying in Dubai. The report added that the police had been tracking his movements.

On 25 October, three men with suspected links with the Islamic State terrorist group were arrested in Kannur district of Kerala. The trio, who had left the state years ago, were suspected to have visited Syria and reportedly received training from the terror outfit, the police had said. They were arrested based on evidence obtained after examining their phone calls.

On 26 October, Gujarat ATS officials had arrested two suspected Islamic State operatives — Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala from Ankleshwar and Ubed Ahmed Mirza from Surat. They were accused of conspiring to spread terror in Gujarat and the rest of the country through lone wolf attacks.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Nov 06, 2017 08:06 AM

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