The NIA has revealed that the Islamic State module busted by the sleuths in Hyderabad on Wednesday were planning to strike multiple targets.
Their potential targets included Bhagya Laxmi temple near Charminar, a malls, markets and a police station.
The NIA had arrested five and detained six people allegedly having connections with the Islamic State. According to information given to ANI by NIA sources, one of the arrested man called Habeeb told sleuths that they were shown bomb making videos from YouTube. Sleuths had told the media on June 29 that a large quantity of chemicals and acids, not usually seen in such cases, were recovered.
Habeeb is believed to have purchased chemicals like sulphuric acid, acetone and hydrogen peroxide from Hyderabad and Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh.
Their leader Mohammad Ibrahim Yazdani and Habeeb are believed to have travelled to Nanded on a bike to purchase two semi-automatic 9 mm pistols.
Policemen stand outside the NIA office in Hyderabad. K.V.S. Giri/The Hindu
NIA believes that the men were recruited on behalf of Islamic State by the Ansar-ul-Tawhid (AuT), a breakaway group of the Indian Mujahideen (IM). According to reports
, Yazdani is a software engineer and a product of Anwar Ul Uloom, a well-known college in Vikarabad in Ranga Reddy district of Telangana. Four other members are computer science graduates. The suspects were under NIA radar for the last three months.