Five Islamic State sympathisers, who were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in an anti-terror raid in June this year in Hyderabad have made some startling revelations about the way they were planning to launch a terror attack in India.
According to reports, one of the five suspects, Fahad had procured 9 Aircel pre-activated SIM cards from a promotional temporary stall at Charminar bus stop in Hyderabad. He had also purchased 5 mobile phones from a mobile shop at Charminar bus stop for their planning and operations.
Reports further state that while the other accused Ilyas had purchased weighing machine from shop at Bibi Baazaar for weighing explosive precursors and chemicals for making homemade bombs, Ibrahim used a secure encryption mail to be in touch with his handler abroad.
The five members of the suspected IS module , that were arrested by the central investigation agency on June 29, were sent to 12-day NIA custody on July 1.
NIA had earlier detained 11 youth during searches at 10 places in the old city of Hyderabad.
However, only five of them including Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, 30, Habeeb Mohammed, 32, Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani, 24, Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi 30 and Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan, 29, were arrested.
NIA officials had also seized chemicals used in making explosives, two semi automatic pistols, an airgun with telescopic sight and shooting practice target boards during their raids.
According to the NIA, the preliminary examination revealed that the youth were preparing IED for commission of terrorist acts and were being guided by an online handler suspected to be based in Iraq/Syria.