NIA: ISIS Module Busted  

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NEW DELHI — A major ISIS-inspired module preparing to launch a string of attacks targeting politicians, key locations and crowded places has been busted, the National Investigation Agency claimed hours after raids in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. The raids are still continuing, senior NIA officer Alok Mittal said, announcing the arrest of 10 suspects on Wednesday.

Mittal said the simultaneous searches at 17 places in UP and Delhi with help from local anti-terror squads had led them to a large quantity of explosives and weapons.

 “They weren’t just making some bombs but a large number of bombs,” the senior NIA officer said. To give an insight into the scale of the attacks that the module had been prepping for, Mittal said they had seized 134 mobile phone SIM cards, as well as 112 alarm clocks and over 25 kg of chemicals that were to be used to make scores of remote-controlled bombs.

The alarm clocks are used as timers to detonate the bombs; the fresh phones to either communicate without risk of being tracked down or to trigger bombs.

A rocket launcher that the group had fabricated and 13 pistols have also been seized.

 “The level of preparation showed they were planning to attacks in near fidayen attacks,” Mittal added.

The module had been set up by a Mufti Suhail who works in a mosque in Uttar Pradesh’s Amroha district, he said.

 “It was a self-financed operation. They stole gold ornaments from their homes and sold it to fund their activities… but there is a handler who was guiding them, who appears to be based in a foreign country,” the senior NIA officer said.

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