Published: Mon, May 14, 2018

Maharashtra ATS arrests terror suspect

Maharashtra ATS arrests terror suspect

ATS officials have claimed that the accused, Faisal Hasan Mirza, along with a few other wanted terrorists, had hatched a plan to carry out attacks on multiple targets across the country.

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a 32-year-old terror suspect - who recently arrived in the city after allegedly receiving arms training in Pakistan - in a joint operation with the Kolkata police's Special Task Force (STF).

"On his arrival, we had received specific inputs, following which with the help of Mumbai Police and Kolkata STF we nabbed him and placed him under arrest", said a police officer from Maharashtra ATS. "It is too early to comment on the matter", the ATS chief, additional director general Atul Kulkarni, told TOI. In an interview with Pakistani news agency Dawn, Sharif stated that terrorist organisations were thriving in Pakistan and "non-state actors" were responsible for the series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

He was called by his handler to Sharjah from where via Dubai he was sent to training camps in Pakistan.

"Police said the accused got training in handling explosives, sophisticated firearms as well as suicide bombings at a Karachi-based camp run by a terror organisation". He had also received advanced training in making bombs and triggering blasts. Mirza was in contact with the wanted accused through social media.

The official said the arrested man's interrogation had revealed that he was part of a terror group that planned to carry out attacks on "public utilities" and crowded places.

The man was presented before a local court which remanded him in ATS custody till May 21.

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