Nabbed Al-Qaeda terrorists targeted Cochin Shipyard and Navy headquarters
New Delhi: The Al-Qaeda terrorists nabbed by NIA on Saturday, were reportedly planning to launch attacks in Delhi, Kochi, Bengaluru and Mumbai during the Diwali festive season. Sources from NIA hinted that the terrorists had planned to attack the Navy headquarters and the shipyard, in Kochi.
They were planning attacks in all four cities at once, upon the instruction from Pakistan. They targeted crowded places in Delhi and Mumbai and army centers in Kerala and Karnataka.
The terrorists maintained a close relationship with Pakistan Al-Qaeda via social media. It is also reported that they received special training to conduct bomb blasts. They were instructed to raise funds for the attack. They were also informed that the explosives would be handed over in Delhi or Kashmir. NIA arrested the terrorists when two or three of the accused were planning to travel to Delhi to collect the explosives.
3 people were nabbed from Ernakulam and 6 were nabbed from West Bengal. All of them are natives of West Bengal. NIA seized various documents, mobile phones, pamphlets, locally made guns from the terrorists. It is reported that the gang was led by Abu Sufiyan, arrested from Bengal, and Murshid Hussain, arrested from Kerala.