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Gujarat ATS Arrests Two Brothers For Alleged Links With ISIS

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The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested two brothers from the cities of Rajkot and Bhavnagar for their alleged links with the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

New Delhi: The Gujarat Anti Terror Squad (ATS) on Sunday arrested two brothers from the cities of Rajkot and Bhavnagar for their alleged links with the terrorist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In an ATS operation, the two brothers, Wasim and Naeem Ramodiya, were arrested. They were in touch with ISIS operatives overseas through social media, police said, adding they have recovered bomb-making material from the two.

IK Bhatt, Joint CP, Crime Branch, told media that the two brothers were planning to execute an attack. "We have enough evidence and we have recovered mobile phones, too," he said.

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 ISIS," Anti-Terrorism Squad's Deputy Superintendent of Police K K Patel said.

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 ISIS 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."

The National Investigation Agency (NIA), earlier this month, had arrested a Kerala resident in connection with the ongoing probe into the ISIS module.

Meanwhile, Dr Ramamurthy Kosanam, an Indian National, who was abducted by ISIS terrorists in Libya, revealed on Saturday that the terror group has a "lot of interest" in India and wants to “take over”.

Kosanam was rescued from the clutches of ISIS after Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj perused the case rigorously and intervened personally. He was under captivity for close to a year and half.

(With inputs from PTI)

first published:February 26, 2017, 13:23 IST