Kerala : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Monday said it had arrested a 29 year old resident at Pallakad in Kerala, allegedly planning a suicide attack in the state.
In a statement, the NIA said it arrested Riyas A., who goes by the aliases Riyas Aboobacker and Abu Dujana, as part of its probe into the ISIS Kasargod case’ filed in July 2016 after 15 young men from the district disappeared and later joined the Islamic State – 14 in Afghanistan and one in Syria.
It said he followed the videos and speeches of the mastermind of the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, Zahran Hashim.
During interrogation by the NIA, the youth disclosed that he had been closely following the Sri Lankan bomb attacks and was also in contact with the absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla online, for a very long time. He even followed the absconding terror accused with various video clips circulating on social media platforms instigating terror attacks in India. The terror accused said he was also in online contact with Abdul Khayoom, alias Abu Khalid who is accused in the Valapattanam ISIS case and is believed to be in Syria, the NIA said.
“He said he had been following speeches/videos of Zahran Hashim of Sri Lanka and Zakir Naik. He admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala,” the NIA statement read.
The intelligence said it had received inputs about a group of four people that had been in touch with some of the accused in the IS related cases. The NIA carried out searches at three spots – two in Kasargod and one in Palakkad district – on Sunday, it said.