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NIA foils ISIS plan to trigger IED blasts, module head among 8 terror operatives arrested

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday morning raided 19 locations across four States and arrested eight operatives of the banned terror outfit’s Ballari module.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi New Delhi Published on: December 18, 2023 18:32 IST

NIA foils ISIS plan: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday arrested eight Islamic State (ISIS) operatives, including a module head and foiled plans to trigger IED blasts. The accused were arrested after raids this morning in 19 locations across four states.

The early morning crackdown against the terror group in Ballari and Bengaluru in Karnataka, Amaravati, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Jamshedpur and Bokaro in Jharkhand and Delhi, led to the foiling of a plan by the accused to carry out terror acts, especially Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts.

Who all are arrested?

Module head Minaj alias Md. Sulaiman and Syed Sameer were arrested from Ballari, Anas Iqbal Shaikh was apprehended from Mumbai, Mohammad Muniruddin, Syid Samiullah alias Sami and Md Muzammil from Bengaluru, Shayan Rahman alias Hussain from Delhi and Md Shahbaz alias Zulfikar alias Guddu from Jamshedpur.

"The eight ISIS agents arrested during the raids were involved in actively promoting terror and terror-related acts and activities of ISIS, the proscribed organisation. They were operating under the leadership of Minaz alias Md Sulaiman," a spokesperson of the federal agency said.

The NIA spokesperson said that the raids also led to the seizure of explosive raw materials, such as sulphur, potassium nitrate, charcoal, gunpowder, sugar and ethanol, sharp-edged weapons, unaccounted cash and incriminating documents, along with smartphones and other digital devices.

What was revealed in initial investigations?

According to initial investigations, the accused had planned to use the explosive raw materials for the fabrication of IEDs, which were to be used for carrying out terror acts. 

The official said investigations have further revealed that the accused, in pursuance of the path of violent Jihad, Khilafat, ISIS and were continuously in touch with one another via encrypted apps. "They were specifically aiming at college students for the purposes of recruitment, and were also circulating documents relating to the recruitment of Mujahideen for the purpose of Jihad," it said.

The raids were part of NIA’s efforts to destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) anti-terror terror conspiracy against India. The searches were carried out through close coordination and the operational assistance of Karnataka Police, Maharashtra Police, Jharkhand Police and the Delhi Police.
NIA had registered a case against the ISIS-inspired Ballari module on December 14, 2023. It has, since then, been working closely with the State Police and central agencies to track and apprehend members of this module. The anti-terror agency has been conducting large-scale crackdowns and has busted various ISIS modules in recent months. Several terror operatives have been arrested in these raids by the NIA.



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