Hyderabad, July 1: 5 pm to 7 pm was the targeted time for the strike. The crowds would be heavy and maximum damage could be inflicted. This is one of the many details that the National Investigation Agency has unearthed while probing the persons who were allegedly running an ISIS module in Hyderabad.
The NIA has learnt that they had planned a major attack in Hyderabad and it was decided that the time would be between 5 PM and 7 PM. This timing was planned with an intention of inflicting maximum damage. Orders were supposedly given by Shafi Armar who is said to be the head of the ISIS in India.
It was well planned out:
An NIA official part of the investigation informed OneIndia that the module had it all planned out. They could have struck the city on Wednesday itself had they not been arrested. Five persons were arrested and six others questioned by the NIA late on Tuesday. They were fully prepared and had everything at their disposal, the officer also noted.
These persons are alleged to have been planning attacks for several months. They were being watched closely by the Intelligence Bureau for nearly an year. These persons had procured weapons from Nanded from a person who was supplying for the Indian Mujahideen also.
At first two of those arrested went to Ajmer to source the weapons. They had carried with them Rs 65,000 but the person did not turn up.
They then decided to go and meet another contact in Nanded, Maharashtra. Out there they managed to source the weapons, the NIA has learnt.
The reason why these persons had gone so far to source weapons is because the sources in these places were trusted and have over the years supplied to the Indian Mujahideen also.