Mumbai: A 32-year-old man, who was planning to assassinate some important personalities, has been arrested by Maharashtra's Anti-Terrorism Squad from the city's western suburbs, Anti-Terrorism Squad officials said Sunday. The ATS officer said that after receiving information on the accused, the Juhu unit of ATS in coordination with the Kolkata Special Task Force launched an operation and arrested him on Friday. "It is too early to comment on the matter", the ATS chief, additional director general Atul Kulkarni, told TOI. The arrested accused is trained in making bombs, operating modern weapons, suicide bombing and others. Sources say Mirza was ordered to plan an attack in Mumbai. Mirza, according to the ATS, had received training in handling of explosives and use of high-end and sophisticated firearms in Pakistan. "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).
Officials are questioning Mirza to ascertain the places where he stayed and visited while in Mumbai and how did he came in contact with the wanted accused.
The man has been sent to police custody till May 21. He was called by his handler to Sharjah.
He was trained to target public places, government places and conduct suicide attack. According to a tweet by news agency ANI, the man was planning a terror attack in the state and other parts of the country. █ Mirza had received training in handling of explosives and use of sophisticated firearms in Pakistan.