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Gujarat ATS arrests four ISIS terrorists who are planning a ‘suicide attack’ from Ahmedabad airport

Gujarat ATS arrests four ISIS terrorists who are planning a ‘suicide attack’ from Ahmedabad airport

Ahmedabad: The Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested four suspected ISIS terrorists from Ahmedabad airport after receiving a tip-off two weeks ago.

Addressing a press conference here on Monday, ATS officials said the four terrorists – identified as Abdul Mohammad Rashdin, Nufer Mohammad Afran, Mohd Farish Mohammed and Ahmed Mohammed Nusharath – are all Sri Lankan nationals and active members of ISIS.

They arrived in Ahmedabad from Chennai. The ATS actively monitored certain key points such as railway stations, airports and bus stations to intercept the suspects.

DGP Vikas Sahay told the media that the terrorists were detained at the airport after their identities were confirmed.

The ATS recovered an ISIS flag, Indian and Sri Lankan currency notes and two mobile phones from the possession of the suspects.

Moreover, three Pakistani-made pistols and twenty cartridges were recovered from Nana Chiloda area during the investigation.

During interrogation, it was revealed that the terrorists were planning a suicide attack targeting BJP and RSS leaders.

They had contacted a Pakistan-based handler named Abu, who provided them with 4 lakh Sri Lankan rupees. The suspects also communicated with ISIS leaders via Proton Mail, an end-to-end encrypted email service.

The DGP said an interpreter has been roped in to assist in the interrogation as the suspects spoke only Tamil.

The investigation will now focus on determining whether the terrorists had local support and where they planned to stay in Ahmedabad.

The measures taken by Gujarat ATS and coordination with central agencies were crucial in preventing a major terrorist attack, the officer said.