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How close is the ISIS threat to India?

A screen shot of ISIS video

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.


Sri Lanka names National Thawheeth Jamaath as terror suspect outfit

Sre Lanka
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A day after a series of terrorist attacks churches and hotel killed at least 290 people and injured 500 others in Sri Lanka, the government in the island nation has named the terror outfit National Thawheeth Jamaath (NTJ) responsible for the blood bath. But the government suspects support of international network(s) in the dastardly attacks.

However, media reports had already speculated about the alleged mastermind who attacked   Shangri La hotel in the morning as Islamic extremist Moulvi Zahran Hashim. He detonated the bomb fitted onto his body after coming up in a queue to get his breakfast.

Moulvi Zahran Hashim was a prolific lecturer for the NTJ. He had reportedly posted several YouTube video with content that may be considered incitement. In one of the videos he had allegedly raised the question: “What can Sri Lankan Muslims do for Dr. Zakir Naik?” Islamic preacher Naik is wanted in India in cases filed by Enforcement Directorate and National Investigative Agency. He is currently resides in Malaysia.