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Four Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in national capital, police conduct raids

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New Delhi: An alert about the presence of suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed modules in the national capital had the Delhi Police conducting searches in different areas all of Wednesday night but without success.

Teams of the Delhi Police Special Cell and the Crime Branch carried out the all-night search operation in 15 districts of the city till 5 a.m. on Thursday.

The areas seached inluded Zafrabad, Seelampur and Welcome Colony in Northeast; Jamia Nagar and Okhla in South; Chandni Chowk, Chitli Kabar and Chandni Mahal in Old Delhi; several areas in East Delhi; and illegal colonies on the Yamuna Bank. Airports across north India have been placed on high alert and security has been enhanced, say officials.

An official said that anti-terrorist measures at railway and Metro stations and places with high footfall such as markets and malls have been intensified. Footage of CCTV cameras was being examined to monitor suspicious activities, the official added.

Intelligences sources say a special cell of the Delhi Police received an alert last evening about the presence of the terrorists in the capital. All four are said to be heavily armed. The alert led to searches across Delhi, especially in its more crowded neighbourhoods.

The threat was discussed at a meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home this morning.

According to inputs received by the defence ministry and intelligence agencies, the terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed has been planning a fidayeen or suicide attack on airbases. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security received a threat letter on September 10. The letter in Hindi is reportedly from one Shamsher Wani of Jaish and claims vengeance for the government’s Article 370 move.

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Trump knew exactly what was going on: Giuliani aide

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Washington: An aide to Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, has said that the US President “knew exactly what was going on” regarding efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son, it was reported on Thursday.

Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnass, who is facing separate criminal charges, made the comments in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday after letters, phone records, notes and flash drives were obtained from him earlier this week, the BBC said in a report.

Documents show that the Ukraine-born Parnas was in regular contact with Giuliani as well as Ukrainian officials, and suggests that the businessman was directly involved in trying to have Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky look into the Bidens.

In the interview, Parnas said Trump was “aware of all my movements”.

“I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the President. Why would President Zelensky’s inner circle or (Interior) Minister (Arsen) Avakov or all these people or (former) President (Petro) Poroshenko meet with me?

“Who am I? They were told to meet with me. And that’s the secret that they’re trying to keep. I was on the ground doing their work,” he added.

Parnas further said that the President was lying and knew that unless there was an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was a director of a Ukrainian gas company, military aid to Kiev would be withheld.

He also claimed that the investigation was about digging up dirt on Joe Biden.

Meanwhile, some of the materials obtained show Parnas and Giuliani discussing the removal of Marie Yovanovitch, the then US ambassador to Ukraine, said the BBC report.

In Wednesday’s interview, Parnas claimed the only motivation to get Yovanovitch removed from her post was because she was in the way of the effort to get Ukraine to announce an investigation into Joe Biden.

Trump was impeached by the Democrat-controlled US House of Representatives on December 18, 2019 and is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

The two articles of impeachment were sent to the Republican-majority Senate on Wednesday night, paving the way for the starting of a trial against the President.

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