New Delhi: An ISIS-inspired terror module, operating from Delhi and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, was planning suicide attacks on the country’s vital installations and VIPs, the National Investigation Agency said today. After extensive multi-location searches, 10 people have been arrested and six others detained.
The group, led by an Islamic cleric, included a civil engineer, an undergraduate student and an auto-rickshaw driver and got its instructions from a handler based abroad, officials said.
A country-made rocker launcher, 100-odd alarm clocks, pistols and ammunition have been found during the searches.
The group — calls itself “Harkat ul Harb e Islam” — was planning to carry out suicide attacks in north India, especially in Delhi. Their target list includes vital installations, crowded places like markets and VIPs, officials said.
They had planned to strike at the Delhi police headquarters and the local office of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS — the BJP’s ideological mentor — on Republic Day.
The module, officials said, was formed four months ago and the recruits also received training locally.
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