NIA raids 7 locations in TN over IS – Easter attacks links

2019-06-12 at 12:00

The Indian National Investigation Agency has raided seven locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore over a suspected link between an Islamic State module in Coimbatore and the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka.

A two-member NIA team headed visited Colombo last month to coordinate with the Lankan authorities in the investigation into the attacks.

According to Indian media sources stated while the NIA team will see if Sri Lankan agencies have any information to help NIA in its investigation, it will also share with them the evidence found in the ISIS Kerala and Coimbatore Module cases.

Twenty one people from Kerala, including women and children, had reportedly moved to Afghanistan to join the ISIS.

A probe revealed that members of this group, led by Ashfaq Majeed, had travelled to Jaffna before they went to Afghanistan.

Top officials said that the visit by the NIA team to Sri Lanka will be beneficial since the ISIS modules are now working across borders.