On March 17, the ATS had arrested three Bangladeshis, who were allegedly living in Pune illegally and were suspected to have provided logistical and financial assistance to members of the Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), considered a ‘front organisation’ of Al Qaeda.
In recent weeks, the newly-recruited southern troops backed by the United Arab Emirates drove scores of Al Qaeda militants from several villages in the country’s southeastern part.
The Delhi Police’s Special Cell had arrested Ali after searching for him over a year after three alleged AQIS (Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent) operatives were arrested in 2015.
The call was released on online jihadist feeds on Wednesday, by the new al-Qaeda affiliate formed earlier this year by breakaway cadre of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba.
Omar Khetab, also known as Omar Mansoor, was the most senior member of his branch of the group killed in Afghanistan, the National Directorate of Security said in a statement.
The arrest had come on the day the Centre had submitted an affidavit in Supreme Court, describing Rohingya refugees as a “very serious and potential threat to national security”.
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.