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NIA Uncovers 'IS-Linked' Outfit's Plot to Target VIPs, Seizes Rocket Launcher, 100 Mobile Phones

Officials said the suspects were planning to target crowded localities, political personalities and security installations.

Updated:December 26, 2018, 10:35 PM IST
New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday arrested 10 people as it raided 17 locations in Uttar Pradesh and Delhi in connection with its probe into a new module of terror group Islamic State (IS).

The group called ‘Harkat ul Harb e Islam’ was in the advance stages of carrying out a series of blasts and according to the agency, it was planning to target crowded localities, political personalities and security installations.

NIA Inspector General (IG) Alok Mittal said, “Searches have been conducted in Delhi’s Seelampur and UP’s Amroha, Hapur, Meerut and Lucknow. Large quantities of explosive material, weapons and ammunition, including a country-made rocket launcher have been recovered so far.” He added that a total amount worth Rs 7.5 lakh, nearly 100 mobile phones, 135 SIM cards, laptops and memory cards were also seized.

“The level of preparation suggests their aim was to carry out explosions in near future by remote control blasts and fidayeen attacks. This is a new ISIS-inspired module, they were in touch with a foreign agent and their identities are yet to be established,” he said, adding that those involved include a civil engineer, a maulvi, an undergraduate student and an auto driver.

“The leader of the module is Maulvi Mufti Sohail, who is a native of UP’s Amroha," he said.

Earlier this month, the investigating agency had also arrested seven men in Tamil Nadu after finding incriminating evidence linking them with the Iraq and Syria-based terrorist outfit.

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