LIVE: Suspected ISIS operative cornered in Lucknow `wants to attain martyrdom`; linked with MP train explosion

Lucknow: A day ahead of the last phase of voting in Uttar Pradesh, a gunfight between a suspected terrorist and commandos of the Uttar Pradesh Police`s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) was underway in thickly-populated Thakurganj area of Lucknow on Tuesday
Talking to news agency ANI, Daljit Singh Chawdhary, the Additional Director General (ADG), Law and Order, said they had received inputs regarding the presence of two terrorists in UP - one in Kanpur and another in Lucknow.
Chawdhary said one suspect in Kanpur has been arrested and on the basis of the information provided by him, they have reached to the another suspect in Lucknow.
Reports say the suspected terrorist, named Saiful, fired shots at security forces from a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area, triggering a gunfight. After one-and-a-half hours of gunfight, the firing has been put on halt now. The authorities are trying to cajole the accused to come out and surrender.
Earlier, reports said that on being asked to surrender, Saiful refused and said that he wants to attain martyrdom.
Saiful, allegedly linked with terror group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, is suspected of involvement in an explosion on Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabdi station in Madhya Pradesh`s Shajapur district. The incident took place earlier today.
Saiful has holed himself up on the first floor of the house
A senior ATS officer is heading the operation, a senior police official told IANS.
At least eight persons were injured in an explosion in a passenger train, going to Ujjain from Bhopal, on Tuesday, authorities said.



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