Security agencies have sounded an alert in Delhi over intelligence reports of two ISIS Khorasan terrorists hiding in the national capital. The two suspects are believed to be heavily armed. The alert comes couple of days after the Lucknow encounter in which a suspected terrorist was killed after an over 11-hour operation.
Security has been beefed up around Parliament and all other important installations in Delhi. Police in the adjoining Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon have also been asked to keep a tight vigil. There are reports that the two suspects are on the look out for creating trouble on Holi in Delhi and its neighbouring areas.
Reports say the ISIS’s Khorasan module was planning to target three places – a shrine in Barabanki, Varanasi and Sarnath.
A seventh arrest was made from Auraiya in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday in connection with Tuesday’s blast on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train. Six people were arrested following the blast in which 10 people were injured.
It was after these arrests that the UP ATS was alerted about a suspected terrorist hiding in Lucknow’s Thakurganj area. The ‘self-radicalised’ terrorist Saifullah was killed in an operation which lasted for over 11 hours.
According to reports, Saifullah and other members of his group were radicalised online by the Islamic State propaganda. Following this, they formed a self-proclaimed IS outfit called ISIS Khurasan.
“The module was formed a year ago by Atif Muzaffar alias Al Kasim and was named ISIS Khurasan,” said Madhya Pradesh ATS SP Pranay Nagvanshi.