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Manipur: 15 Al Qaeda operatives arrested
August 20, 2007 10:07 IST
Fifteen suspected Al Qaeda [Images] operatives have been arrested from Moreh town in Chandel district of Manipur bordering Myanmar, official sources said on Monday.
While 10 operatives were Myanmarese, five were from Bangladesh, the sources said.
Assam Rifles personnel, acting on a tip-off, nabbed them from a house at Moreh Ward number 3, about 120 km from Imphal on August 17, the sources said.
All of them had entered India without valid documents, they said.
They were proceeding to Bangladesh via Manipur and Silchar in Assam, the sources said.
Foreign currency, including US dollars, were seized from the arrested persons, the sources said.
The other currencies recovered from them were Bangladeshi taka, Myanmarese kyat and some coins.
While one of the activists had a work permit of Thailand, identity card, hospital card, income tax card, a bank receipt of a Kuala Lumpur bank were also seized from the others, the sources said.
The activists were identified as Md Nasen (42), Faizu Rehaman (17), Sled Salam (21), Abul Hussein (42) and Md Rehman (18), all Bangladeshi nationals.
The rest were identified as Mahabu Basar (22), Md Junet (28), Basir Ahmad (21), Md Salim (23), Sabir Ahmad (31), Md Rohid (17), Abdullah (32), Md Abdul (18), B Ahmad (18) and Sali Ahmad (32), all from Myanmar-Bangladesh border, the sources said.
They were being interrogated and likely to be handed over to the police on Monday, the sources said.