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NIA arrests two more al-Qaeda sympathisers


New Delhi : Carrying out with its probe in the blasts outside court premises in South India since April this year, NIA, on Tuesday, arrested two more persons for allegedly being involved in the conspiracy to carry out bomb explosions by a group sympathising with terror outfit al-Qaeda.

With this arrest, the number of people arrested in the case has gone up to five. The NIA, along with police forces from Tamil Nadu and Telangana, had arrested three persons on Monday for the five bomb blast cases in court premises of Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka since April.

Among the arrests carried out yesterday was Mohammed Ayub Ali, who had been detained last night. Ali (25), of Madurai, works as a public liaison officer for a hearing aid company, NIA spokesman said.

The other person arrested was Shamsudeen, 25, a resident of Madurai, after his name cropped up during interrogation of others by the NIA.

The cases relate to blasts inside a vehicle at a parking place at district court complex, in Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh on April 7; in a parking area of CJM Court Complex at Kollam in Kerala on June 15; inside court complex at Mysuru on August 1, in Nellore of Andhra Pradesh on September 12 and inside a toilet complex of judicial court, Malappuram in Kerala on November 1.     –PTI