The Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorist Squad has arrested suspected Islamic State terrorist Abu Zaid from the Mumbai Airport, a top police official said on Sunday.
Zaid was arrested on Saturday on his arrival from Saudi Arabia.
“Abu Zaid, suspected IS terrorist was arrested by the ATS team from Mumbai Airport yesterday after he came from Saudi Arabia,” Additional Director General of Police (Law and order) Anand Kumar told reporters.
He said Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to IS.
“He will be brought to Lucknow on a transit remand and will be produced in the court. We will take him in police custody for interrogating him,” the ADG said.
In April, the ATS had arrested four suspected IS terrorist Umar alias Nazim, Ghazi Baba alias Muzammil, Mufti alias Faizan and Jakawan alias Eihtesham. Zaid's name had cropped up during interrogation.
“They used to talk via an application on the Internet and Zaid was their ideologue,” the ADG said.
Image: Abu Zaid was residing in Riyadh and formed a social media group to allegedly radicalise youths and lure them to IS. Photograph: ANI/Twitter