NIA is constantly searching out for people who remain indulged in terror activities. Following seizures in West Bengal and Kerala, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested nine militants having connections with the Al Qaeda terror group, who were planning attacks at several key areas in Delhi-NCR, a spokesperson told. The NIA spokesperson stated that the anti-terror investigation agency carried out the concurrent raids at several locations in Kerala's Ernakulam and West Bengal's Murshidabad after knowing about an inter-state module of Al Qaeda operatives at various locations in India.
The spokesperson said, "The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror in their minds," adding that it has registered a case on September 11. The official stated that NIA has caught six terrorists from West Bengal and three from Kerala in the early morning raids. During the invasions, large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armor, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been confiscated from their territory.
The official said, "As per the preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalized by the Pakistan-based Al Qaeda terrorists on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places including the National Capital Region." The official further stated that the module was actively indulging in fundraising and a few members of the gang were planning to travel to New Delhi to procure arms and ammunition. However, these arrests have pre-empted possible terrorist attacks in various parts of the country.