LUCKNOW: After an 11-hour siege, the Anti-Terror Sqaud (ATS) of the Uttar Pradesh police killed a suspected Islamic State gunman who was holed up inside a house in Lucknow’s old city area on Wednesday.
The body of terror suspect Mohammad Saifullah, who had refused to surrender even after repeated warnings by ATS personnel, was recovered from a room in the house located in Haji Colony.
According to senior police officials, ATS commandos lobbed chilli bombs into the house to incapacitate Saifullah but to no avail. After initial rounds of firing and use of chilli bombs, they drilled a hole in the roof of the room in which the gunman confined himself.
Initially, the policemen suspected that there were two Islamic State operatives in the building but the body of only one suspect was recovered, said a senior police officer present on the spot. One pistol and a revolver were found on the person of Saifullah, the suspect.
The operation started after ATS received an intelligence tip-off about the gunman, who was suspected to have had a role in the blast on the Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train on Tuesday morning.
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Besides, Saifullah, three more suspects -- Imraan and Faisal in Kanpur and one Fakre Alam in Etawah -- were also apprehended by the ATS teams assisted by local policemen on Tuesday night. In fact, all the suspects were picked up on the basis of information divulged by five persons who held at Hyderabad in connection with the Ujjain train blast.
All the terror suspects held and the one killed in Lucknow are believed to be associated with ‘Khurasan module’ of ISIS.
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