National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a Pakistan-sponsored, al-Qaeda module on Saturday. According to the NIA, the module was allegedly planning an attack on various installations in India.
Various raids were carried out in Murshidabad in West Bengal and Ernakulam in Kerala when nine individuals planning the attacks were arrested. The leader of the molecule, Murshid Hasan from Ernakulam was also arrested. Reportedly, he was actively fundraising while the other members of the team were planning to go to the national capital for the procurement of ammunition.
The group was radicalized by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda on social media. The arrested individuals have also “pre-attempted” possible attacks across the nation. The NIA had earlier gotten information regarding the presence of various Al-Qaeda operatives across the nation and had registered a case against the same on September 11, 2020.
While 9 members of the module were arrested, six were from West Bengal, and three were from Kerala. A large amount of “incriminating material” has also been seized from them. The material includes digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, the literature on how to make home-made bombs, etc.