NEW DELHI (Sputnik) — India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) has prevented a terror attack by the Islamic State (ISIL, known as Daesh in Arabic) jihadist group in the southern city of Hyderabad planned on the eve of the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr celebrated on Tuesday, sources in the Indian Home Ministry told Sputnik.
According to the sources, NIA conducted raids in three places in Hyderabad in connection with Daesh cells.
"Daesh terror cells were planning a terror attack on the eve of Eid," a source said.
Last week, NIA arrested several persons in Hyderabad and uncovered an IS terror cell. The counter-terrorism agency also seized weapons, ammunition and explosive chemicals during the raids.
Daesh, outlawed in many countries including Russia, overran large areas of Syria and Iraq in 2014 and declared a caliphate in the areas under their control. The group has gained much notoriety for conducting suicide bombings and other attacks worldwide as well as for recruiting young people via social media.
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