Explosive material seized from relative of LeT militant

Kannur: Police on Thursday recovered an unspecified quantity of ammonium nitrate -- reportedly "leftovers" by suspected LeT militant T Nazir for carrying out subversive activities in the country -- even as four of his associates were also arrested here.

The explosive substance was seized from a pit dug in the premises of the residence of a close relative of Afzal, taken into custody earlier today for his alleged links with Nazir, near Chakkarakkal in the district.

Police said the Special Investigation Team probing terror-related cases in Kerala are carrying out search operations near Chakkarakkal.

They said the seizure was made on information gleaned from Nazir, questioned by Kerala and Karnataka police in Bangalore in connection with various terror related cases in the southern states.

Nazir, a resident of Kannur, arrested by Bangladesh Rifles along with associate Shafaz recently, reportedly told police in Bangalore that around 75 kg of ammonium nitrate, a major component used to devise explosives, was kept in the locality.

The explosives are reportedly "leftovers" by Nazir for carrying out subversive activities in parts of the country. Police said the actual quantity of the seized explosives could not be ascertained as the operation was going on.

Meanwhile, SIT had rounded up Muthalib and Afasal today and Rahnaz and Sharfuddin last night, taking the total number of those held to five. Shamir, said to be an accomplice of Nazir, was arrested near here yesterday.