The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested 9 al Qaeda operatives in multiple raids in the states of Kerala and West Bengal. According to sources, all the nine operatives were caught on Friday night by the NIA. They are linked to a terror plot targeting Kochi, Delhi and Mumbai. After their arrest, NIA also seized weapons and bomb-making materials from their possesion. Out of nine, six were arrested from West Bengal and three from Kerala.