Six Jihadis Nabbed in Assam, Arms Seized

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Guwahati: Scoring a major success against the terror outfits operating in the northeastern states, a joint team of Assam police and security forces on Friday arrested six Islamic terrorists in the state’s insurgency torn district Chirang.

Forces also recovered arms and ammunition from the arrested militants. The seizure includes four guns including two AK-47 assault rifles and explosives.

Last Friday, the Assam Police busted a training camp believed to have been set up by a jihadi outfit in a village in Chirang district and recovered eight crude hand-made AK-47 rifles that were concealed in a pit. Four persons were apprehended in this connection.

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Top Police officials suspect that some Islamic terror groups had started recruiting Muslim boys in the Bodoland districts of Chirang, Kokrajhar and Baksa with an intention of triggering off fresh violence during the run-up to the 2016 state assembly elections.

The three Bodoland districts had witnessed major clashes between Muslim migrants and indigenous Bodo tribals in 2012 and immediately after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, leading to over 100 deaths.

In December last year police had arrested one Sahanur Alom, an important Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) operative from a village near Sarthebari in Barpeta district.

Alom, one of the prime accused in the Burdwan (West Bengal) blast, was a key person who had allegedly engaged in propagating jihadi ideology and carrying out recruitments in different districts in Assam