According to the agency, they were planning attacks on several vital installations in Delhi-NCR and other parts of the country to spread terror in the minds of the people.
During the raids, the NIA recovered a huge cache of firecrackers which they had bought to procure of huge amount of potassium required to make IEDs.
The alleged terrorists have been identified as Murshid Hassan, Yakoob Bishwas and Morshraf Hussien, residents of Ernakulam, and Najmus Sakib, Abu Sufiyan, Mainul Mondal, Leu Yean Ahmed, Al Mamun Kamal and Atitur Rehman, residents of Murshidabad. Hassan is the alleged leader of the terror module.
The agency officials said that the potassium present in the firecrackers were taken out and used to make IEDs. The NIA also recovered crude IEDs along with switches, batteries etc. from Sufiyan's residential premises in Murshidabad.
During the raids, 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 were seized from their possession.
"As per preliminary investigation, these individuals were radicalised by the Pakistan-based Al-Qaeda on social media and were motivated to undertake attacks at multiple places, including the National Capital Region (NCR)," an NIA spokesperson had earlier said.
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