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Gujarat ATS Nabs 2 ISIS Suspects Plotting Attack on Synagogue

The suspects, arrested in Surat, have been identified as Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza.

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Gujarat ATS Nabs 2 ISIS Suspects  Plotting Attack on Synagogue
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Two suspected ISIS operatives were arrested on 25 October by the Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), which claimed that they were plotting an attack on a Jewish synagogue in Khadia area of Ahmedabad in “very near future”.

The suspects, arrested in Surat, have been identified as Mohammad Kasim Stimberwala and Ubed Ahmed Mirza, an official said.

While Stimberwala used to work as a laboratory technician with a hospital in Ankleshwar town, Mirza is a practicing lawyer with the Surat district court and also owns a hotel there.

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They were booked under IPC sections 120-A (criminal conspiracy), 121-A (waging or attempt to wage war against Government of India) and 125 (Waging war against any Asiatic power in alliance with Government of India) of the IPC, besides under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), the official said.

As per the FIR registered by the ATS, the duo have been radicalised by the ideology of Islamic State and were planning to carry out a ‘lone-wolf’ attack on the synagogue, for which Stimberwala had visited Ahmedabad and conducted a recce of the Jewish centre located in Khadia area.

ATS sleuths believe that Srimberwala and Mirza are “highly radicalised by the fundamental ideology of the ISIS for the last many years and are actively planning to cause terrorist acts”.

Both the suspected operatives of the ISIS were under the influence of Abdullah el-Faisal, a radical preacher based in Jamaica, the official said quoting the FIR.

As per the FIR, el-Faisal was earlier convicted for spreading hatred in the UK and then deported to Jamaica. He was detained in Jamaica on the charges of persuading youths to travel to Syria to take up the cause of Jihad.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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