Assassinating key non-Muslim leaders has for centuries been an important element of jihad activity, going all the way back to the Assassins, the mysterious Ismaili Shi’a sect that became renowned and feared for training up hardened cadres of killers by convincing them that they had entered Paradise (they were really high on hashish) and could enter it again if they killed their non-Muslim enemies. Read more about this notorious sect in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (click here to preorder).
Officials said that the man, who was arrested by the anti-terror agency’s Juhu unit on May 11, had been to Pakistan, via Sharjah and Dubai, for training at a camp operated by a terror outfit.
Police said the accused got training in handling explosives, sophisticated firearms as well as suicide bombings at a Karachi-based camp run by a terror organisation.
“He was called to Pakistan by a person who is wanted in for terrorist activities in Mumbai. The arrested man first went to Sharjah to meet this wanted person where the latter provided him logistics support,” an official said.
“After spending some time in Sharjah, he was sent to Dubai and from there to Karachi. 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).
The official said the arrested man’s interrogation had revealed that he was part of a terror group that planned to carry out attacks on “public utilities” and crowded places.
“He has also revealed that assassinations of some important personalities of the city were also planned. Investigations are underway to find out more on all these aspects,” he said….