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Al-Qaeda tried to set up Delhi base through Briton: NIA

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Wednesday informed a city court that tried to establish a base in through its operative Samiun Rahman, who was arrested in 2017 by the Police.

The Britain-based Rahman had planned to fight for the Rohingya cause in and entered illegally via Beenapole border in from Bangladesh, the NIA said in its charge sheet filed before a special court at the Patiala House on Wednesday under the Arms Act, Foreigners Act, and Unlawful

The NIA had filed an FIR against Rahman, 29, on November 8 last year after he was arrested by the Special Cell.

The anti-terror agency said that Rahman alias Hamdan, a resident of in London, was staying in on a fake identity of alias Raju Bhai. The fake ID proof mentions his residential address as House No.88, Mullabadi post office, Dhantola Thakurganj, Kishanganj,

"At the time of his arrest, a pistol and four rounds of ammunition were seized from Rahman. Incriminating material showing his allegiance to the and regarding his chat with the associates of the terror organisation was recovered from his laptop and mobile phone," said the NIA.

His parents moved to Britain from in 1960s and settled in Central Rahman's father was a in Aged 19, Rahman was arrested by traffic cops in twice. He was jailed for 18 months.

"In the London prison, Rahman got radicalised, and in 2012, when he came out, he went to Rahman was influenced by salafi teachings. Soon he was recruited by leaders of in Islamic Maghreb."

The agency said Rahman was later told to go to and fight for Al-Nusra -- an affiliate of Al-Qaeda in -- fighting against the forces. After joining the terror outfit, he got three-week training in an in

During questioning, Rahman allegedly told police that in Syria, his group came to know about the "atrocities" on Rohingya Muslims in As he had stayed in for long, he was selected to raise a fighter group there. He was in contact with his outfit members via Facebook, WhatsApp, and telegram.

In 2014, Rahman arrived in using a British passport to radicalise youths to join Al-Qaeda with the help of Yasin, another Al-Qaeda cadre. He visited Silhet, Nabiganj, and other places and radicalised dozens of youths in Bangladesh for their entry into from the side, the NIA said.



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 21:42 IST