30 kg explosives recovered after ISIS operative’s arrest: Police

New Delhi/Lucknow, August 23

The Delhi police have to this point recovered round 30 kilograms of explosives from the alleged ISIS operative arrested within the nationwide capital, officers mentioned on Sunday.

About half of this amount was discovered at Mohammad Mustakim Khan’s residence in Uttar Pradesh’s Balrampur throughout a search, an official mentioned. An ISIS flag was additionally recovered there.

Khan, armed with two stress cooker IEDs, was arrested in central Delhi’s Ridge Road space on Friday evening following a short alternate of fireside.

A Delhi Police Special Cell workforce took him to his home in Badhiyaa Bhaisaahi village in Balrampur district.

A brown jacket containing three explosive packets and a blue-check jacket containing 4 explosive packets had been recovered there, a Delhi police officer mentioned.

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“Each explosive packet, removed from the jackets, was wrapped with transparent tape which contained explosives and cardboard sheet pasted with ball bearings, and electric wires were coming out from it,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) PS Kushwah mentioned in Delhi.

Another police officer mentioned 15 kilograms of explosives had been seized from Khan on the time of his arrest. Altogether, about 30 kilos of explosives have been recovered to this point.

“Khan said that he was operating alone, but it is a matter of investigation,” the officer added.

Police on Sunday carried out raids at a number of locations. Two bicycle store homeowners had been amongst these questioned in Uttar Pradesh, presumably over the origin of the ball bearings discovered by police.

Khan’s father Kafeel Ahmed and spouse Ayesha had been additionally questioned, an official mentioned.

Ayesha informed a tv channel that she had informed Khan to not bask in “wrong activities” however he didn’t hearken to her. She gave the impression to be referring to actions that indicated he was being radicalised.

Ahmed mentioned individuals knew his son as a great, well mannered particular person and by no means imagined that he would take the trail of terrorism. He claimed he had by no means gone into his room, the place the explosives had been discovered.

Mustakim Khan had deliberate to hold out a “lone wolf” strike at a heavy footfall space within the nationwide capital, police had earlier mentioned.

“One ISIS flag, one leather belt containing around three-kilogram explosives, eight to nine kilogram explosives in four different polythenes, three cylindrical metal boxes containing explosives and electric wires wrapped with transparent tape and two cylindrical metal boxes in which ball bearings were pasted were recovered from his house,” DCP Kushwah mentioned.

“Other material recovered from his house included one wooden broken box (for target practice), 30 ball bearings of different diameters, one packet containing 12 small boxes of ball bearings, three lithium batteries — two of 4V and one of 9V, two cylindrical metal boxes, one ampere meter, yellow colour. Two iron blades, attached parallel to each other, connected to electric wires from sides, one wire cutter, two mobile chargers, a table alarm watch attached with electric wires and one black colour tape were also recovered from his house,” Kushwah mentioned.

Security was stepped up within the nationwide capital and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh following the arrest.

Khan, 36, deliberate to strike within the nationwide capital on August 15, however couldn’t accomplish that attributable to heavy safety preparations, police mentioned.

He had been underneath the watch of safety businesses for the final yr.

“Khan was first handled by Yusuf-al Hindi, ISIS chief of India operations, who was killed in Syria in 2017. After that he was handled by Abu Huzaifa Al Bakistani, a resident of Pakistan, who was killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan in July 2019. Later, another handler instructed him to carry out strikes,” police mentioned.

He had examined a small IED close to the burial floor in his village. Later, he used the identical methodology to make two stress cooker IEDs.

Television footage confirmed Khan, in handcuffs, being taken to the room at his Balrampur residence the place objects that may very well be used for improvised bombs had been saved.

His father informed a TV channel that he did know something in regards to the materials in his son’s room.

“If I had any idea that he was collecting explosive material, I would not have allowed Abu Yusuf to stay in my house,” he mentioned, referring to his son by the opposite title he was identified by.

The father mentioned he realised what was there within the room solely when the police arrived.

He mentioned Khan left residence on Friday for Rath in UP’s Hamirpur district and after that his whereabouts weren’t identified.

“On Saturday, we learnt that he has been arrested in Delhi,” he mentioned. Ahmed mentioned he’s “deeply saddened” by what has occurred.

“Everyone knows that Abu Yusuf is a very good person. He used to speak very politely and did not get into fights with anyone,” he mentioned.

Khan had been on the police radar for over a yr now, in accordance with officers.

“His wife confirmed that investigators found incrimination material in the room. Two jackets, one belt, one bottle, some explosive material, and some pellets were recovered. These were kept in a box,” she informed a TV channel.

Khan and his spouse have 4 youngsters — two sons and two daughters.

He was despatched to eight-day police custody by a Delhi courtroom on Saturday.

Police have taken him to completely different locations in Uttar Pradesh, together with Balrampur, for additional investigation, officers mentioned. PTI

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