Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested two people in connection with the terrorist group Al-Qaeda in Lucknow on 11 July. Earlier nine Al-Qaeda terrorists from West Bengal and Kerela were arrested in September 2020 by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
According to the NIA, the arrested terror operatives were planning attacks in the capital city of New Delhi and several other places of the nation including Kochi naval base and shipyard. They were arrested from Ernakulam in Kerala and Murshidabad in West Bengal.
The NIA arrested three from Ernakulam in Kerala and six from Murshidabad in West Bengal. Bomb-making material and other weapons were seized, it was informed that the terror operatives were planning a lone wolf attack.
The terror operatives were manipulated by terror group Al-Qaeda on social media. The increasing social media radicalization is a major concern of national security.
In the Lucknow arrest on Sunday the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) recovered an IED explosive, a pistol, and a pressure cooker bomb during the raids.
The senior police officer of Uttar Pradesh told reporters on Sunday, “UP ATS has uncovered a big terror module. The team has arrested two terrorists linked with Al Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.”
Minhaz Ahmed 30 years old and Maseeruddin 50 years old were residing in Lucknow. According to UP police, these two men were in touch with their handler Umar Halmandi, the head of the Uttar Pradesh module of Al-Qaeda.
A major attack was planned across UP ahead of 15 August. The ADG of UP added that terror suspects were planning a ‘human bomb’ attack and several attacks in the cities of Uttar Pradesh.
After the arrest, taking precautionary measures, Bihar Police issued an alert in all districts and railway stations in the state of Bihar.
Former additional director general of the Border Security Force (BSF) PK Mishra said that sleeper cells of Al-Qaeda are present in the nation. It is necessary to arrest the handler to stop the funding and destroy the network.
Two associates of Ahmed and Maseeruddin escaped just before the arrest, the Uttar Pradesh ATS is searching for them.