NIA raids in TN over proposed IS suicide attack in Kerala
Kochi: In the backdrop of reports of proposed IS attacks in Kerala, National Investigation Agency (NIA) carried out raids at three places linked to Islamic outfits in Tamil Nadu. Raids were carried out at the offices of SDPI, Popular Front and Thowheed Jamath at Karaikal, Kumbakonam and Ramanathapuram.
Riyas Abubakar, who was arrested in connection with IS case, had revealed in a statement that suicide attacks were planned in Kerala. The raids carried out in Tamil Nadu were based on this information. It is learnt that some important documents were seized in the raids.
NIA had confirmed that Riyas, native of Muthalamada in Palakkad had links with Tamil Nadu and various groups operating there. Riyas had chatted online with people associated with these groups in Tamil Nadu. Besides, the group that included Riyas had tried to collect explosives for the attack.
The intelligence agency conducted raids based on this information and in the backdrop of the Sri Lankan blasts. Riyas Abubakar was a hard-core follower of Sahran Hashim, the chief conspirator behind Sri Lanka blasts and Islamic preacher Zakir Naik. He was also in constant touch with Abdul Abdulla and Abdul Khayum who were absconding in connection with IS case.
Earlier, NIA had interrogated three suspected persons in Tirunelveli in alleged links with IS.