The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested nine Al Qaeda terrorists following multiple raids in Kerala and Bengal. While six terrorists were arrested from Murshidabad in West Bengal, three were arrested from Ernakulam in Kerala.

“NIA had learnt about an inter-state module of Al-Qaeda operatives at various locations in India, including West-Bengal and Kerala. The group was planning to undertake terrorist attacks at vital installations in India with an aim to kill innocent people and strike terror,” the NIA said in a statement.

“Large quantity of incriminating materials including digital devices, documents, jihadi literature, sharp weapons, country-made firearms, a locally fabricated body armour, articles and literature used for making home-made explosive devices have been seized from their possession,” the NIA added.

According to the probe agency, the arrested individuals were “radicalised by Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda terrorists on social media” and were planning to attack at multiple locations including Delhi-NCR.

The initial investigation reveals that the module was “actively indulging in fund-raising and a few members of gang were planning to travel to Delhi to procure arms and ammunition.”

The names of the arrested terrorists are Murshid Hasan, Mosaraf Hossen, Iyakub Biswas, Najmus Sakib, Mainul Mondal, Abu Sufiyan, Leu Yean Ahmed, Atitur Rehman and Al Mamun Kamal. The courts in Kerala and Bengal will decide on their police custody.