ATS says he was part of a group planning to carry out attacks in India and eliminate prominent personalities The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) has arrested a terrorist trained in Pakistan for planning to assassinate important personalities and carry out attacks in the country. A team of Juhu ATS and the Mumbai police arrested Mirza following credible information from the Kolkata STF.
The Maharashtra Anti Terrorism Squad has arrested a 32-year-old Mumbai based man suspected of being a possible suicide attacker. When contacted, Maharashtra ATS chief Additional Director General Atulchandra Kulkarni confirmed that the accused had been arrested from the city. In an interview with Pakistani news agency Dawn, Sharif stated that terrorist organisations were thriving in Pakistan and "non-state actors" were responsible for the series of coordinated attacks in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. "He has been trained in using arms, making bombs, carrying out fidayeen attacks, arson and using diversionary tactics", said an ATS officer. Mirza, according to the ATS, had received training in handling of explosives and use of high-end and sophisticated firearms in Pakistan. He was called by his handler to Sharjah. "He then attended a training camp there run by a terror outfit", the official said, adding that it has been learnt that this outfit had the backing of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).
According to a senior officer, Mirza is an associate of wanted terrorist Amir Reza Khan, co-founder of Indian Mujahideen.
Mirza's questioning has revealed that reconnaissance was carried out and targets including VIPs, crowded places and emergency services were selected for being attacked.