India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) apprised on Sunday it had arrested 9 members of al-Qaeda-linked militants who were planning attacks in several places, including the capital New Delhi.
As per the statement, the arrested members of Al-Qaeda were organized for attacks in several places, including the capital city.
Whereas six terrorists were arrested from Bengal, three terrorists were arrested from Kerala in the early morning raids, it stated.
“Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession,” the NIA stated, adding that “these detainees were radicalized by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places,” including Delhi-NCR.
India last year accelerated offensives against militants in Muslim-majority Kashmir and some other areas under its control. Indian forces assassinated an al-Qaeda-linked group leader in Kashmir, prompting protests in different parts of the disputed area.
In recent raids, the NIA has also recovered sharp-edged equipment, home-made weapons, and locally made bulletproof jackets.