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Gujarat ATS arrest two having links to IS, foils ‘lone wolf’ attack

Two suspected ISIS terrorists, who were allegedly planning to carry out serial blasts at some religious places in Gujarat in the next couple of days, were arrested by the state Anti-Terrorism Squad from Rajkot and Bhavnagar, the ATS said on Sunday.

The two, who are brothers, were in touch with ISIS operatives overseas through social media, police said, adding they have recovered bomb-making material from the two.

The men — Wasim Arif Ramodia and Nayim Arif Ramodia — are brothers and appear to be well educated, with one of them holding a masters’ degree in computer application.

“I have no idea about these alleged activities… I don’t know if the allegations are true or false. My images of all these years taken a beating,” said their father Arif Ramodia, who retired from the Saurashtra University three years ago.

ATS sources said their involvement came to light after the arrest of Abdul Sami Kasmi by Delhi Police in 2015. ATS officials said that they were under surveillance since then.

During the surveillance it came to light that they were going to carry out lone wolf attacks in the state. ATS has recovered gun powder, batteries and masks from them their possession.

“We are also probing whether the duo was in touch with other suspected elements or not,” added a top ATS official.

The police have registered a case and investigations are on. “We are investigating how they established their links with the IS and who helped them in the process,” another senior official of the ATS said. This is likely to be Gujarat’s first such arrest of people suspected to be linked with the international terror outfit, which has often vowed to expand its fight to India but has so far not met with any success.

However, there have been a few stray arrests made by authorities at several places in the country, including a five-men module in Hyderabad that planned to attack a local police station.

Meanwhile, Indian doctor K Ramamurthy who landed in India after being rescued from the clutches of ISIS, said that the terror outfit is keeping an eye on the development of education and economy in India and wants and wants to push their ideology in the country.

Rescued from the Islamic State prison on February 14, Dr Ramamurthy said that the members of the terror outfit are educated youngsters and know everything about India’s growth.

“These ISIS people are well-educated youngsters and they do know about India and its development and how it has developed in education, economy and everything else. They are interested in India. But, I did understand that they wanted to spread the ideology of their nation to other parts of the world, including India,” he said.

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