14 suspected terrorists detained from 12 locations in six cities: NIA

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New Delhi, Jan. 22 (ANI): The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested 14 suspects in connection with planning to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India.

The agency also claimed to have seized certain “incriminating” articles, mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos, besides materials for preparation of bombs from their places.

According to an NIA statement, acting on a tip-off that certain individuals from various cities were in the process of organising themselves to commit terrorist acts in different parts of the country, various central agencies and concerned State Police forces worked upon information and certain leads emerged out of the investigation.

Based on these leads, said the NIA, simultaneous searches or raids were conducted at 12 locations in six cities – Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow -with the support of local police forces, while Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) in Maharashtra also conducted raids and reaches at two other locations, and arrested the 14 suspects.

According to the statement, the accused were planning, and making effort to establish a channel of procurement of explosive, weapons, and identifying locations to organise training camps, including training of fire arms.

Besides, they were motivating fresh recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in various parts of India, said the NIA, adding that details interrogation of the arrested accused and verification of their backgrounds was in progress.

The five accused arrested by the NIA included Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, alias, Abu Musab, 33, a resident of Mumbai; Mohammed Nafees Khan, alias, Fatima Khan, alias, Abu Zarrar, alias, Akram, 24, a resident of Hyderabad; Najmul Huda, alias, Majnu, 25, a resident of Mangalore in Karnataka; Mohammed Shareef Moinuddin Khan, 54, a resident of Hyderabad; and Mohammed Afzal, alias, Abu Mariyam, alias, Yasir, 35, a resident of Bengaluru. (ANI)

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