IS-inspired terrorist killed in 12-hour op

Accomplices involved in Ujjain train blast, say cops

IS-inspired terrorist killed in 12-hour op

A ‘self-radicalised’ and ‘self-proclaimed’ Islamic State operative was killed by commandos of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in the early hours of Wednesday.

The terrorist, identified as Saifullah, had been holed up in a house in the walled city.
According to a top police officer here, the slain terrorist’s three accomplices were involved in triggering a blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train, which injured 10 people in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday. The operation began around 4 pm on Tuesday and ended at 3 am the following day when ATS commandos broke open the doors of the house and gained entry, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Daljeet Chaudhary said.

He said ATS tried to smoke out Saifullah, a resident of Kanpur, by using tear gas shells and chilli bombs, but their attempts failed. Saifullah was found dead when ATS commandos entered the house, situated in Thakurganj locality of the state capital. Chaudhary said so far the police had not found any evidence to link Saifullah with IS, adding, “He was a self-radicalised and self-proclaimed IS operative.”

Over 600 live cartridges, 8 pistols, IS flags, a large cache of explosives, a railway timetable, a passport and a few SIM cards were recovered from the hideout, officials said.

The terrorist had fired more than 50 rounds before being killed in the encounter.
Inspector General, ATS, Aseem Arun, who led the operation, said Saifullah was asked to surrender, but he refused. He shouted he would prefer to be a “martyr” instead.

Earlier, reports had said there were two terrorists in the house. The bomb squad was called in after a wire was found wrapped around the waist of the slain terrorist, Arun said.

Police officers said Saifullah and his three friends had rented the house a few months ago. They hailed from different parts of Uttar Pradesh and were involved in the Madhya Pradesh train blast, the police said. Earlier, ATS nabbed three suspected terrorists from Kanpur and Etawah and recovered a laptop that contained information on bomb-making, police sources said.
 

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