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India questions six men after raids on suspected IS supporters

  • Published at 12:32 pm June 13th, 2019
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File photo: A member loyal to the Islamic State (IS) waves an IS flag, in Raqqa on June 29, 2014 Reuters

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it was questioning seven men from Coimbatore, on suspicion of propagating Islamic State ideology

Indian anti-terrorism police questioned six men on Thursday, after conducting raids against alleged Islamic State group supporters in the country's south.

India has been concerned about Islamist extremists on its soil for some time, and the Sri Lanka bombings in April left authorities alarmed that the Hindu-majority country might be at risk of an attack by jihadists.

The raids on Wednesday in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu state, came after the arrest in April of an Indian national who allegedly followed Zahran Hashim, the ringleader of the Sri Lanka Easter suicide attacks that killed 258 people.

India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in a statement that the "prime accused" in the Coimbatore case, Mohammed Azarudeen, 32, "has been a Facebook friend" of Hashim.

"During initial questioning, Azarudeen told us that he had plans to carry out a big attack in Tamil Nadu and Kerala another southern state but first wanted to hire more youths who will be ready to take up jihad," the Economic Times daily quoted an unnamed official as saying.

The NIA named five others aside from Azarudeen who, it alleged, were also spreading Islamic State propaganda on social media with the aim of attracting new recruits willing to carry out terrorist attacks in South India - "especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu."

The NIA said Azarudeen maintained a Facebook page through which he propagated IS ideology, while other members of his group "have also been sharing radical contents attributed to Hashim."

One of them has "been a close associate" of Riyas A, alias Riyas Aboobacker, 29, the alleged Hashim follower arrested by the NIA in April.

According to the NIA, Aboobacker admitted he wanted to carry out an attack in Kerala.

Officers seized a dagger, 300 air gun pellets, 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, three laptops, data storage devices as well as a large number of "incriminating documents" and pamphlets, the NIA said.

The accused were being questioned in connection with that material, but in its announcement the NIA did not state any specific charges against them.


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