NIA arrests two terror suspects in AQIS case

NIA arrests two terror suspects in AQIS case

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New Delhi, February 12 (SocialNews.XYZ) The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Sunday that it has arrested two terror suspects in a case related to activities of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS).

The NIA conducted raids in Bengaluru and Thane on Saturday and detained the suspected persons. The agency confirmed on Sunday that they had arrested two in the case.

The accused have been identified as Mohammad Ari, a resident of Karnataka and Hamraz Worshid Shaikh, a resident of Maharashtra.

“Preliminary investigations revealed that the accused, Arif and Shaikh were in touch with foreign-based online handlers associated with proscribed terrorist organizations. They also made extensive plans to leave for Afghanistan to further their terrorist activities,” the NIA said.

The alleged accused Arif was the first to be arrested by the NIA, he was planning to go to Syria via Iraq to join ISIS. He was arrested from Bengaluru in a joint operation between Internal Security Division (ISD) of Bengaluru and the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Later, Shaikh was arrested.

The NIA sources claimed that Arif was in touch with terrorists abroad and was detained for his suspicious activities.

Sources said that Arif is allegedly radicalizing gullible youths. The central agencies have found several suspected transactions made by him and done in his account.

The NIA recovered electronic devices from his possession and recovered tons of data from his laptop, which is said to be highly objectionable and anti-India.

Arif has repeatedly worked in a private technology firm as a software engineer.

Sources said Arif was planning to flee Karnataka in March and was about to sell all his home furniture and electronic gadgets online. The source claimed that Arif has also booked tickets for Iraq and from there he is planning to go to Syria.

“He confessed that he received money from overseas-based handlers of ISIS and Al-Qaeda to radicalize the youth. He wanted to join ISIS. He contacted his handlers through the Telegram app. We have had him for the past two years This morning we conducted raids and detained him,” sources claimed.

Further investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Source: IANS

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