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ISIS-inspired terror module plotting to hit Delhi busted

The way Jamil, Islam and Ali, planning to bomb Delhi, turned explosive powder into an IED resembled the style observed in many ISIS videos

The Special Cell of Delhi Police arrested three ISIS-inspired terror suspects on 25 November from Goalpara in Assam, all three of whom were trying to do a ‘lone wolf attack’. DCP Pramod Kushwaha said that the arrested men were planning to first ‘test attack’ a fair Raas Mela in Assam, after which Delhi was their prime target.

According to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Delhi Police Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha, the three accused have been identified as Muqaddar Islam (22), Ranjeet Ali (24), and Jameel Luit (24). Jameel studied till Class 12. Muqaddar Islam is a driver and works in the fish trade and Ranjit Ali is employed as a manager in a fish-trading firm. The age of the three is said to be between 25 and 30 years old.

Goalpara additional superintendent of police Amitabh Basumatary said Muqaddar Islam, Ranjeet Ali and Jameel Luit were classmates. They had radicalised some people in Delhi as well. “A case has been registered at the Goalpara Sadar police station under various sections. We are investigating if other people are involved in the module too. They were produced in a local court earlier today and sent to 12-days police remand,” Basumatary said.

Weapons and some explosive powder have been recovered from the three suspects. Investigations are on about the locations they got the explosive powder from to make an IED. Sources said the suspected terrorists were inspired by the ISIS whose honcho Abu Bakr al Baghdadi was recently killed in an encounter with US armed forces in Syria. The IED recovered from the suspects is made in the same way as shown in ISIS videos.

“A complete IED similar to the one used in the Ujjain train blast; two baton swords supposed to be used for executing lone-wolf attacks; four mobile phones containing valuable information on ISIS; about 1 kg of explosives; and raw materials for IED bombs such as pipes, nails and ball bearings were recovered,” a police officer said.

According to the police, this group seems to have been formed by these people themselves. The group was planning to target a crowded area of ​​Delhi.

The DCP said the group was adopting a ‘lone wolf attack’ approach. When asked about the connection with Pakistan, he said the investigation was still going on; so nothing could be said clearly.

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