ISIS Operative Nabbed In Delhi; IEDs Recovered, Diffused
On late Friday night, Delhi Police special cell caught an (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) ISIS operative with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from Delhi's Dhaula Kuan. The police seized two IEDs from the man who has been identified as Abu Yusuf Khan.
On late Friday night, Delhi Police special cell caught an (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) ISIS operative with Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) from Delhi's Dhaula Kuan. The police seized two two pressure cooker-based IEDs from the man who has been identified as Abu Yusuf Khan. He was nabbed at the Ridge Road between Karol Bagh and Dhaula Kuan after a shootout. A pistol was also recovered from the ISIS operative.
"One ISIS operative arrested with improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) by our Special Cell after an exchange of fire at Dhaula Kuan," Pramod Singh Kushwaha, Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police, Special Cell, said.
After his arrest, Delhi Police has declared high alert on the parts of Noida Border, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. According to the Delhi police, the arrested ISIS operative, Yusuf, has not been cooperative during the interrogation and is misleading them by changing his statements. Special cell officials are yet to establish Yusuf's exact residential address, as he has given them three addresses: One in Balrampur and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh and another in Uttarakhand.
“We are verifying the addresses he has given,” DCP Kushwaha. The pistol recovered from Yusuf is of .30 bore, said reports. With festivals knocking around, terrorists usually carry out missions during these times. Police Officials are taking extra steps to prevent any casualty and hence have tightened the security across Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Officials also verified the news of an associate of the arrested man who is on the run now.
The Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) that were recovered from the arrested ISIS operative were defused by NSG's Bomb Squad, at Ridge Road's Buddha Jayanti Park, earlier today.
Before the shootout, a police team had received information about Yusuf Khan's movement in the ridge area. Yusuf was on a motorcycle when he was intercepted by the police on Friday night. Prashant Kumar, Additional Director General (ADG) of police said, "All district police chiefs have been asked to intensify vigil and carry out extensive drives to check the movement of suspicious people." Chances are that many terrorists went into hiding after Yusuf's arrest and police officials are going beyond their duty to track them down.
Back in July 2020, a UN report had stated that there are a huge number of ISIS terrorists hiding in Kerala and Karnataka. It further added that Al-Qaeda has between 150 and 200 militants from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Indian subcontinent, and is planning to conduct attacks in the region.