Details of terrorist Abu Yusuf Khan, affiliated to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, who was arrested after heavy exchange of fire in the ridge area near Dhaula Kuan of Delhi this morning, have arrived.
The suspected ISIS terrorist had in his possession two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and a pistol. “The IEDs were found in a pressure cooker. The weight yet not clear, it will be confirmed after the investigation,” said the police.
All police wings activated following arrest of Abu Yusuf Khan
Abu Yusuf, said the police, was preparing for a “lone wolf” attack.
“One ISIS operative arrested with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by our Special Cell after an exchange of fire at Dhaula Kuan,” Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, Pramod Singh Kushwaha said.
NSG commandos and Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) reached Buddha Jayanti Park in Ridge Road area from where the ATS exchanged fire with Khan and then arrested him.
The authority has directed all SSPs and security agencies of Uttar Pradesh to remain on high alert, said Prashant Kumar, ADG-Law & Order, Uttar Pradesh.
National Security Guard (NSG) commandos and the Bomb Disposal Squad defused the IEDs.
Abu Yusuf Khan hails from UP
The suspected ISIS militant is from Badiya Bhasahi village in Utraula Kotwali area of Balrampur district of Uttar Pradesh.
Village Badhya Bhaisahi has, since the time of the encounter, been turned into a fortress. The ATS team from Delhi has reached the village. Entry into a circle of radius 500 m around the village is now prohibited.
According to some villagers, the house is locked and the Anti-Terrorist Squad is questioning the family of Abu Yusuf in custody. Police believe that more than just Abu Yusuf in the family has terror links.
Cops from several police stations are stationed in Village Barhaya Bhasahi. Villagers in the area have been debarred from leaving the village.
The suspected ISIS terrorist, before being caught in Delhi, was absconding for several days.
Abu Yusuf Khan has an alias, Mohammed Mustaqim Khan. He had gone to Lucknow yesterday to meet a relative. After reaching the capital of Uttar Pradesh, he informed the family about his arrival and switched off his mobile phone.
The kin of Abu Yusuf went to Kotwali Uttraula this morning to complain that their ‘Mustaqim’ had disappeared. The police and ATS teams are investigating all links of the family.
More ISIS terrorists active in India
Khan’s arrest follows that of an ophthalmologist from a medical college in Bengaluru by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for alleged links to ISIS. Abdur Rahman, 28, was working on a medical mobile application (app) or helping terrorists, investigating officers said.
Police arrested Rahman on 17 August in connection with the case of Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) case under the NIA. The Delhi Police Special Cell had initially registered the ISKP case in March after the arrest of a Kashmiri couple — Jahanzaib Sami Wani and his wife Hina Bashir Beigh — from Okhla Vihar, Jamia Nagar, in Delhi.