Five suspects of a possible Islamic State module were arrested from across Bengaluru on Tuesday, with top intelligence sources telling CNN-News18 that the group was planning a major attack.
The case relates to an ISIS module run by a person named Junaid from Baku. Sources said Junaid was in touch with ISI and sent explosives to the accused possibly from Gujarat or Punjab border. The operation is also being run by another Mangalore blast accused from jail.
Sources said the accused were already in possession of grenades and were planning a major attack. Following their interrogation, the following items were recovered from Bengaluru:
- Four walkie-talkies
- Seven pistols
- Two daggers
- Other incriminating material
The suspects, during questioning, also disclosed that they were in touch with T Nazir (a terror accused presently lodged in Bengaluru Central Jail). Police have registered an FIR against the accused, including those absconding.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner B Dayananda, during a press conference, said: “They are all in the age group of 25-35. They were using digital payment apps for money transactions.”