The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) on Sunday stated it has cracked a terror module linked to Al-Qaeda in Lucknow after it caught two terrorists from the Kakori area of the city. A squad of ATS initiated a search operation in the area today afternoon. The two accused have taken into custody and interrogated.
The ATS has got information that an Al-Qaeda terrorist based near Pakistan-Afghanistan outskirts, Umar Halmandi, was attempting to recruit Indian youths for the terror organization. Halmandi had recognised a few marginalised people in Lucknow to indoctrinate and recruit them into the AQIS organisation.
UP ADG, law and order, Prashant Kumar said, “We have cracked a big terror module linked to Al Qaeda.”
This module was readied under Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind (AGH), an offshoot of Al Qaeda, which has prepared to execute terror activities, the police said in a press release.
Those captured recognised as Minhaz Ahmed and Masiruddin aka Mushir. A third co-conspirator is Shakeel. The three were receiving directions from Halmandi to execute terror operations in various cities of Uttar Pradesh, including Lucknow, before August 15, police said.
Minhaz and Masiruddin arrested on Sunday. The bomb disposal squad arrived at the location. In this activity driven by IG GK Goswami, two pressure cooker bombs, time bombs and a huge cache of arms have rescued so far.
The ATS was scanning this house, which belongs to Shahid, due to dubious activities of visitors, especially one named Waseem.
The ATS initiated the search operation today after the information was confirmed. Local cops were also present on the site. The ATS sealed the Kakori zone and evaded the nearby houses.
Around three to four dubious youths were seen visiting the house for several days. Two were caught today while search is on to catch other suspects.
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