UP ATS arrests 2 al-Qaeda terrorists in Lucknow and thwarts major attack

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The two men arrested by UP ATS on Sunday (Photo credits: India Today)

The Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested two suspected Al-Qaeda terrorists in Lucknow on Sunday. An IED explosive, a pistol and a pressure cooker bomb were also recovered during the raids, according to senior officials.

ADG (Law and Order), Uttar Pradesh, Prashant Kumar told reporters on Sunday: “UP ATS discovered a large terrorist module. The team arrested two terrorists linked to Al Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

The suspects were planning terrorist attacks in Uttar Pradesh before August 15 (Independence Day), ADG Kumar said. He added that the agencies had reason to believe that the suspects were planning to carry out attacks, including “human bomb” attacks in overcrowded places.

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The two men arrested by ATS have been identified as Maseeruddin and Minhaz Ahmed, both suspected members of the Ghazwat-ul-Hind terrorist group. The duo were taken into custody on Sunday in a series of raids by UP ATS and Lucknow Police.

According to some reports, Maseeruddin got married four years ago and is the father of two children. His wife is a professor at a private university in Lucknow and lives with the children at the university hostel.

Minaz Ahmed has a home in the Dubagga area of ​​Lucknow, while Maseeruddin is a resident of Madiaon in the capital of Uttar Pradesh. An explosive device (IED), along with other explosives and a pistol, were recovered from Ahmed’s residence, officials said.

UP ATS raids Lucknow on Sunday (Photo credits: PTI)

“During questioning, the defendants said their accomplices fled their home,” said ADG Prashant Kumar. He also said searches were underway throughout the UP, including Kanpur, to catch the other five suspects.

The UP ATS is also investigating the role of a certain Shahid, a mechanic who was also Minhaz Ahmed’s neighbor. Shahid owns an SUV that has been spotted in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as other parts of the country, according to officials investigating the matter.

A team from the Delhi Police Special Cell will also arrive in Lucknow later this week to interview the two suspected terrorists.

(With contributions from Tanseem Haider)


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