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NIA takes over blast probe, picks up 8 suspects


A network of terror suspects reportedly connected to the ISIS and planning to carry out simultaneous bomb blasts across the country was busted by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Friday. While four persons were picked up from Hyderabad in Telangana, several more were detained from Rajasthan and Karnataka in raids conducted on Thursday night. Members of the network, which decided to carry out terror attacks at public places, planned to make Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on their own.

Explosive substances were seized from Nafeez of Tolichowki in Hyderabad. He was among the four picked up by NIA with the help of local intelligence officials here. The network was formed by associates of some persons involved in terror activities like Farhat Ullah Ghori from Telangana. Some of them are reportedly operating from abroad, say the police. They formed the network and planned to strike on the eve of Republic Day. The NIA registered a case at Delhi and conducted raids at different places including Bengaluru on Thursday night.

NIA drive secures IS suspect in Mangaluru:

The NIA sleuths also secured a 25 year old diploma holder on the suspicion of being an IS recruitment module from a village near Mangaluru. Sources in the police told The Hindu that Najmul Huda was secured from his residence in Permude village, near Bajpe, within Mangalore police commissionerate limits.

Huda, son of a Moulvi in the local mosque, had completed diploma in polymer technology from government Karnataka Polytechnic in Mangaluru. Though he joined RV College of Engineering, Bengaluru, to pursue BE in chemical engineering, he left the course halfway and came back to Mangaluru, sources said. The NIA personnel were completing certain formalities and preliminary inquiry is on in Mangaluru. The NIA drive is said to be spread pan-India including Bangalore, Tumkur and Hyderabad, sources added.

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