It was a close shave in poll-bound Gujarat. A person who had promised to supply a large chunk of explosives to carry out lone wolf attacks in Gujarat was arrested.
Urzo Khan, 36, a resident of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh was picked up by the Gujarat ATS. During his questioning, he said that the Islamic State was planning lone wolf attacks on election rallies and also at a Jewish synagogue in Gujarat.
Two suspected operatives of the ISIS had earlier been arrested by the ATS. One of the suspects, Ubaid Mirza said during his interrogation that the arms were to be supplied by Khan.
Khan is said to have assured Ubaid that he would be able to supply weapons for the attack. He said that there were two major strikes that were being planned. One strike was on a major election rally while the other was at a Jewish synagogue in Khadia.
An ATS source informed the two lone wolf strikes were to be carried out by Ubaid and Mohammad Kasim Timberwala. During the discussions, Urzo said that he would be able to supply the weapons at a cost of Rs 3 lakh. He also took an advance of Rs 20,000 for the same.
Investigations further revealed that Kasim and Ubaid had a common handler. The ATS source said that the attack was being overseen by a handler who goes by the alias Yusuf al Hindi. Yusuf who the Intelligence Bureau believe is Bhatkal resident Shafi Armar is said to be either in Syria or Saudi Arabia.