The operatives were trying to procure arms and chemicals to make explosives. “One of the books described how to make explosives while another said how to conduct a recce of a place. There was also literature on religious speeches,” police said.
The revelations on Asif’s mysterious release from prison come even as the CIA released papers purportedly showing that al-Qaeda and Tehran cut a deal to allow the jihadist group to route personnel through its territory.
Bin Laden kept a close watch on developments in India through newspaper and TV reports. Several news clips from Indian channels were recovered from his hard drive, primarily related to David Headley and Ilyas Kashmiri, the alleged masterminds behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
Shauman Haq, 27, was arrested near Vikas Marg yesterday following a tip-off by Delhi Police’s Special Cell, an official said. Haq’s interrogation is underway and further details are awaited, he added.
In a statement, the al Qaeda said the Myanmar government will face “punishment” for its “crimes”. Nearly 400,000 Rohingyas have fled to Bangladesh from violence-hit Myanmar.
The development came to the fore on Wednesday night. Zishan, a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand has several family members who are allegedly connected with terror based outfits.
Zakir Rashid Bhat, a breakaway Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander based in south Kashmir, has been appointed head of al-Qaeda in the Indian subcontinent’s new affiliate for the state, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the terrorist group’s media wing announced on Thursday.
“There are no inputs available to suggest a turf war between al-Qaeda and Daesh (ISIS) in India,” Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said in reply to a written question.
According to a US official, Osama Bin Laden’s son will take over the top role in Al-Qaeda to avenge his father’s death.
The man had lost two previous appeals against deportation but human rights laws prevented his deportation to Algeria.
The strike comes after an American drone attack on Saturday killed two other presumed Al-Qaeda members in their vehicle in Marib province, east of the capital Sanaa.
The police named 17 accused in the chargesheet, involved in establishing al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent, out of which 12 are missing.
In a 14 minute unverified audio recording, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri, the successor of Osama bin Laden pledged allegiance with Taliban again.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Al-Nusra downed the plane, which it said was likely being flown by a Syrian air force pilot.
Troops and militia retook the central prison and deployed on main roads across the Mansura residential district after a three-hour gunbattle with the jihadists, the sources said.