Al Qaeda Terrorist Arrested From Haryana, Say Delhi Police Sources

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The Special Cell of the Delhi Police reportedly arrested Abdul Sami fom Haryana's Mewat.


New Delhi:  An Al Qaeda terrorist has been arrested from Haryana's Mewat - the fifth man to be arrested since December in the ongoing operation against the terror outfit, police sources have told NDTV.  

Abdul Sami is a member of Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent or AQIS -- the wing opened by the dreaded terror group last year, sources said. He was caught by the Delhi Police Special Cell and has been remanded in police custody till February 1.

Sami is from Jamshedpur, sources said. He came in touch with Abdul Rashid, a cleric arrested earlier from Odisha. Sources said he had earlier visited Pakistan's Karachi via Dubai. He was trained in Mansera, Pakistan.

On January 6, the Special Cell had arrested Maulana Anzar Shah, a cleric from Bangalore, for alleged links with AQIS. In December, they had arrested three suspected AQIS operatives.

Mohammed Asif, 41, was the first alleged Al Qaeda operative arrested from Delhi's Seelampur. He is believed to be one of the founding members and the head of AQIS's motivation, recruitment and training wing. Another alleged operative Abdul Rahman, 37, was arrested from Odisha's Jagatpur area.

The third suspected AQIS terrorist to be arrested was Zafar Masood, who allegedly acted as a financier for the module. He was arrested from Mohalla Deepa Sarai in Uttar Pradesh's Sambhal district.

Shah, the fourth to be arrested, had allegedly met Mohammed Asif at a religious congregation in Bangalore, following which he was introduced to Abdul Rahman and Zafar Masood.

He was asked provide logistical support whenever the need arose, said an official privy to the investigation. They were all booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

The police are yet to disclose Sami's role in the module.

In September 2014, Al Qaeda, the dreaded terror group that was once headed by Osama bin Laden, had announced that it was launching a wing in the Indian subcontinent.

In a video message, Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri had said, "We want Islam to return to the Indian subcontinent, which was part of the Muslim world before it was invaded. It will serve Muslims in Burma, Kashmir, Gujarat, Bangladesh, Ahmedabad and Assam."

The AQIS was seen as a fallout of the rise of ISIS (Islamic State of Syria And Egypt) in the middle-east.

The group, which had been under pressure since the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011 in Pakistan in a US operation, faced threat from this breakaway faction which grew swiftly to control vast areas in Iraq and Syria. Al Qaeda affiliates are in direct military confrontation with IS in Syria.


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