Information about IS attacks given months back but state police ignored: NIA
Karripur: National Investigation Agency has alleged that information regarding the possibilities of suicide bombings in the state was handed over to the state police but the state intelligence agency and other agencies ignored it. The intelligence agency will investigate if a parallel group exists which leaks information within the state force and their chances of overturning the investigations regarding this.
Recruitment to IS from Kerala was executed in two different groups. When a group named ‘Abu Dhabi Module’ reached the Keralites who went abroad to IS, the recruitment from the state was via Yemen. Those who went to join IS through Yemen reached Afghanistan. These two groups were led by Kasaragod natives Muhammed Sajjad and Muhammed Rashid.
Sajjad and Rashid had urged to carry out blasts in Kerala through voice messages. On April 13, 2017 when America fired a GBU 46 bomb attack at Namgarhar in Afghanistan, Sajjad had again urged for attack in a voice message in July 2017. However, the officials didn’t take it seriously and failed to take measure to prevent it.
Abudul Rashid Abudulla who recruited over 16 people from Kasaragod to IS also had instructed to carry out blasts in Kerala. He had urged people to carry out blasts during classes he organised in Kasaragod and also instructed people to conduct suicide attacks in the state after he fled to Afghanistan.
They had planned an attack by ramming a vehicle into a gathering in Kochi but it failed. However, the state police didn’t conduct further investigation and find out the IS sleeper cells in the state.
After two families comprising 14 members fled to Yemen from Kasaragod to join IS, NIA had warned to observe people who travel to Yemen and those who recruit them. However, the state police didn’t take action on this.