An Al Qaeda unit busted in Uttar Pradesh planned terrorist attacks – including suicide bombings – in crowded areas of Lucknow and other cities in the state, the police said on Sunday.
Two men named Minhaj Ahmed and Maseeruddin, also known as Mushir – both residents of Lucknow district – have been arrested, leading to the discovery of the terrorist cell, the police said.
“ATS (Anti-Terrorism Squad) UP has uncovered a big terror module. The team has arrested two terrorists linked with Al Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind. Arms, explosive materials have been recovered in searches,” senior police officer Prashant Kumar said at a news conference.
“The terror activities were being run from Peshawar and Quetta on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border,” he added.
The police said they found explosives and a pistol at the home of Minhaj Ahmed, who is in his thirties and lives in Kakori town of Lucknow district.