Submitted by Editor on Fri, 2016-01-22 22:37 Bengaluru: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested 14 suspects on charges of planning to carry out terrorist activities in the country. The agency also claimed to have seized ‘incriminating’ articles, mobile phones, laptops, unaccounted cash, jihadi literature and videos, besides materials for preparation of bombs from their places. According to a statement from the NIA, acting on a tip-off that a few individuals in various cities were in the process of organising themselves to commit terrorist acts, central agencies and state police forces began collecting information. Based on the leads, simultaneous searches/raids were conducted at 12 locations in six cities - Bangalore, Tumkur, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Lucknow -with the support of local police forces, while Anti-Terrorism Squads (ATS) in Maharashtra also conducted raids and searches at two other locations and arrested the 14 suspects, said the NIA statement. According to the statement, the accused were planning and making efforts to establish a channel to procure explosives, weapons as well as identifying locations to organise training camps, including training of fire arms. They were also motivating fresh recruits to target police officers, foreigners in India and to carry out terrorist activities in India, said the NIA, adding that interrogation of the accused and verification of their backgrounds was in progress. The five arrested by the NIA were, Mudabbir Mushtaq Shaikh, alias, Abu Musab, 33, a resident of Mumbai; Mohammed Nafees Khan, alias, Fatima Khan, alias, Abu Zarrar, alias, Akram, 24, a resident of Hyderabad; Najmul Huda, alias, Majnu, 25, a resident of Mangaluru in Karnataka; Mohammed Shareef Moinuddin Khan, 54, a resident of Hyderabad; and Mohammed Afzal, alias, Abu Mariyam, alias, Yasir, 35, a resident of Bengaluru.