Tag: Islamists in India

Kerala youth admits to planning terror attack in Kerala

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on April 29 arrested a youth from Kerala on charges of “conspiring to commit a terrorist act”.

Riyas Aboobacker, a resident of Palakkad, had been detained for questioning after the raids on the residences of three ISIS suspects in the Kasrgod district on April 28. During interrogation, he has reportedly admitted that he wanted to carry out terrorist attacks in the state.

According to NIA, Riyas Aboobacker has revealed that he had been watching the videos of Zahran Hashim, the mastermind behind the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21. The 29-years-old also admitted to have followed the speeches of Zakir Naik, the Peace TV famed Islamic preacher from India living in exile.

Riyas Aboobacker is also found to be in touch with absconding ISIS suspect Abdul Rashid Abdulla and Abdul Khayoom, who is believed to have gone to Syria

In July 2016, NIA had registered a case after 15 youth from Kasrgod district reported missing. While one of them was believed to have joined ISIS in Syria, 14 others reportedly migrated to Afghanistan.

The April 21 NIA raids came after the agency received inputs that some youth are in touch with those absconding extremists.

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How close is the ISIS threat to India?

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The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday conducted raids on the residences of two people at Nainmarmoola and Bandaduka villages in Kerala. It is reported that the two were suspected to have links with Islamic State (ISIS) through social media websites, such as Facebook.

Earlier, quoting Indian intelligence official The Hindusthan Times reported that one of the nine suicide bombers, in the Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka, visited India twice in 2017. Identified as Mohammad Mubarak Azaan, he was the second attacker from the gang to have travelled to India.

From day one of the dastardly attacks in Sri Lanka, it is being reported that Zahran Hashim, an Islamic preacher and leader of Thowheeth Jamaath (NTJ) had links with an organisation by the same name based in Tamil Nadu.

Incidentally, Zahran Hashim was reported as the mastermind of Sri Lanka bombings. He was seen delivering oath to other attackers with covered faces to pledge allegiance to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in the video released by the global terrorist organisation.

The video has unequivocally confirmed the presence of Islamic State (ISIS) in the Indian subcontinent. Going by the fact that Sri Lankan police are still looking for a large number of missing terror suspects, it is clear that the island nation is not yet out of the woods.

The question is how close India is to ISIS terror threats. Many southern cities and towns have been already put on high alert. Hopefully, ISIS ideology is kept at bay by every one in the community concerned.