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Sheikh Shafi Armar, mastermind behind the latest terror plot across India?

Indian agencies don't have a definitive clue on the current location of Shafi Armar, though it is suspected he could be in Iraq or Syria.

Arunima | Arunima24

Updated:January 22, 2016, 9:56 PM IST
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Sheikh Shafi Armar, mastermind behind the latest terror plot across India?
Indian agencies don't have a definitive clue on the current location of Shafi Armar, though it is suspected he could be in Iraq or Syria.

New Delhi: Sheikh Shafi Armar, a terror boss given the title of 'amir' by Islamic State chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, could be the kingpin in the latest terror plot across the country, union home ministry said on Friday.

Sources said suspected terror operatives held in Bengaluru and other cities named Shafi Armar alias Yusuf as the man who got in touch with them online and urged them to carry out terror attacks across India.

Shafi Armar was first named by dreaded Indian Mujahideen terrorist and fellow native of Bhatkal in Karnataka, Yasin Bhatkal.

Yasin Bhatkal told interrogators that Shafi Armar and five others -- Anwar Bhatkal, Abdul Khader, Sultan Armar, Hussain Farhan Mohammed, Salim Ishaqi and Afeef Mota -- were given terror training recently in the Waziristan region of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Subsequent investigation revealed that Shafi Armar had initially joined al Qaeda-affiliated Ansar ul Tawahid, and then changed allegiance to al Baghdadi's IS.

Indian agencies are yet to get any clue about current location of Shafi Armar. However it is suspected he could be in Iraq or Syria.

Five people have been arrested and nine more detained under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act ( UAPA) when news last came in.

Investigators believe Shafi Armar got in touch with a man named Mushtaq in Mumbai to carry out the terror attacks

Six lakh rupees were also allegedly transferred into his account. A huge cache of explosives were also recovered from several places, including Uttarakhand and Hyderabad.

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