Suspected Pakistani suicide attackers Farooq alias Ali Ahmad and Abu Ismail were operatives of the Lashkar-e-Tayyeba, said police. These two suspected terrorists were killed in an encounter with teams from the Uttar Pradesh Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Noida Police in Noida early Sunday.
A senior ATS officer, who requested anonymity owing to the sensitive nature of the ongoing probe, confirmed to Hindustan Times, “We have verified that the two belonged to Lashkar-e-Tayyeba. They had been tasked to strike terror in Delhi either on Republic Day or a day before.” On November 26 last year, a Lashkar team of 10 suicide attackers had launched a series of attacks in Mumbai after arriving from Karachi via sea.
The ATS officer added that the duo had procured an identity card, believed to be a fake, identifying one of them as a student of a “Delhi-based school”.
Noida Deputy Superintendent of Police R.N. Mishra said, “The police are still verifying how the terrorists procured the ID card when the school has denied issuing it.”
The focus of the ongoing police operation, said the ATS officer, was to “nab local logistics providers in Uttar Pradesh who gave shelter and other topographical details to the terrorists”.
Leads, including on the terrorists' movement pattern, available with the ATS suggested that the duo had “a strong support system” in UP, the officer revealed.
Meanwhile, the ATS on Monday lodged an FIR. Post mortems were also conducted on the bodies that have been kept at the district hospital’s mortuary.