Suspected ISIS 'Lone Wolf' Plotting Delhi Attack Arrested

By: Sashwata Saha
22 Aug 2020 11:10:27 AM Class of 2020, Kolkata

A suspected ISIS operative possessing two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) was arrested by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following an altercation late on August 21. Police said the accused was a solitary agent planning an attack in the capital city.


For the past few months, a New Delhi Range unit was tracking the suspect’s movements. On Friday evening, they got a tipoff that he would be coming to the Ridge Road area later that night. Acting on this information, the police laid a trap. The arrest went awry and after six rounds of firing, the accused, later identified as Abdul Yusuf Khan, surrendered before the Special Cell. 


A bomb disposal team of the National Security Guard was called in to defuse the IEDs.


“The accused, who is a resident of Uttar Pradesh, was arrested after an exchange of fire from Ridge Road between Dhaula Kuan and Karol Bagh. We have recovered a pistol and two IEDs from him,” the Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Pramod Singh Kushwaha said in a press conference earlier today morning.


According to officials, the suspect had visited several places in the national capital and was plotting a lone wolf attack. The matter is being investigated further, they said.


The arrest comes three days after the National Investigation Agency arrested an ophthalmologist with alleged links to the Islamic State in Bengaluru. The NIA arrested Abdur Rahman, 28, working at the MS Ramaiah Hospital on the charge of conspiring with Jahanzaib Sami Wani of J&K.


Wani and his wife, Hina Bashir Beigh, were arrested earlier in New Delhi for allegedly carrying out ISIS activities in India. The couple were said to be in contact with a high profile prisoner at Tihar Jail.


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