HYDERABAD: Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, the youth who was arrested by NI A on Wednesday for planning a terror strike in the city, was in direct touch with a top leader of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and was taking instructions from him. It was on the instructions from the IS leaders that the accused were planning an attack in the next few days. Officials do not rule out the possibility of the accused planning to target some top politician, particularly from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).“He was in constant touch with the IS leader in Syria over internet. We had been tracking himfor quite sometime now,” sourcesassociated with the interrogation of the terror suspects disclosed to Express.According to sources, the accused were in the “advanced stage of preparation” to carry out a terror strike.
“They conducted firing practice at isolated places in Bandlaguda and Narsapur on the outskirts of Hyderabad over the last seven months. They were using telescopes on their guns. They were planning to target a temple or a politician,” sources said, adding that all five arrested men were “hardened and dangerous elements” who were also given the task of recruiting more youths to the terror group.It is further learnt that Yazdani, who previously workedwith Amazon company, before he started his internet centre, had created two fake Facebook accounts which he used for communication with other operatives. The weapons were recovered from the residence of Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi alias Fahad, one of the accused. Fahad (31) is a resident of Charminar area and has been in the business of alteration of vehicles.