Kolkata, India: Two Al-Qaeda militants were apprehended by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in Lucknow on Sunday, AIR News reported.
The three people arrested in Lucknow is the country’s third major terror cell bust in a year.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) apprehended nine Al-Qaeda militants in West Bengal and Kerala in September of last year.
Terrorists were plotting strikes in numerous parts of the country, including the National Capital Region, according to the agency (NCR).
Prashant Kumar, the state’s ADG (Law and Order), told the media that the Uttar Pradesh ATS had discovered a large terror module under the aegis of the vicious terrorist organization.
Minhaz Ahmad and Naseeruddin have been identified as the two persons apprehended by the ATS squad, according to him.
Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, an al-Qaeda affiliate, is tied to them. They were also found with a large cache of weapons and explosive materials.
According to Mr. Kumar, there was information that terror actions were being carried out from Peshawar in Quetta, on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
Minhaz Ahmad and Naseeruddin, he said, were vital in carrying out the actions.
Their associates in Lucknow and Kanpur were also implicated, and searches are being carried out across the state.
He claimed that ATS had received information regarding a terror plot.
According to the ADG (Law and Order), there was a plan to launch significant bomb strikes in Lucknow and other parts of the state before August 15th.
Following the arrest of terrorists and the recovery of explosives, a high alert has been issued in Lucknow and the surrounding districts.
Terrorists who have been apprehended are being investigated.