For more than two hours, the Anti-Terror Squad in Lucknow has been trying to capture an alleged terrorist hiding in a house on the outskirts of the city. Sources say he could be linked to a train blast this morning in Madhya Pradesh, in which at least eight people were injured.
A shootout between the suspect and the police in the Thakurganj area has been confirmed by the state’s police chief Javeed Ahmed.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been briefed about the operation. The suspect has at least one pistol; gunshots are being heard intermittently.
Sources said central intelligence agencies alerted the Uttar Pradesh police to the alleged terrorists’ locations. Some police officers spoke of an ISIS cell being discovered in the state.
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