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Day after NIA raids, police carry out searches in Coimbatore

Updated: 13-06-2019 21:20 IST
Day after NIA raids, police carry out searches in Coimbatore

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Searches were carried out by police at the houses of three persons here Thursday in the backdrop of NIA raids in the ISIS Kerala-Tamil Nadu module case. The searches came a day after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) raided seven locations in the city and arrested prime accused Mohammed Azarudeen, who was a Facebook friend of Sri Lankan Easter day blasts mastermind Zahra Hashim, and detained five others.

Officials from Revenue and police departments were carrying out searches Thursday at the houses of three other people -- Mohammed Hussain, Shahjahan and Hayatulla -- from as early as 4.30 am, police sources said. NIA had registered cases on May 30 against Azarudeen, Sheik Hidyathullah, Akram Sindhaa, Aboobacker M, Sadham Hussain and Ibrahim alias Shahin, all from Coimbatore, for their alleged involvement in recruiting youth and planning terrorist attacks in south India, especially Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The officials had seized a number of devices like mobile phones, laptops, pen drives and incriminating documents during the searches Wednesday. The intention of those detained was to recruit vulnerable youth into the ISIS for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, NIA had said in a release last night.

Azarudeen was the leader of the module and been maintaining the Facebook page named 'KhilafahGFX', through which he had been propagating the ideology of ISIS/Daish, it said. The NIA has alleged that Azarudeen has been a Facebook friend of suicide bomber Zahran Hashim and other members of the module have also been sharing radical contents attributed to Hashim, over the social media.

The officials were likely to take Azarudeen to Kochi in connection with the case and the other five have been asked to appear before a court in Kochi, the sources said. The ISIS had claimed responsibility for the serial bombings in Sri Lanka on April 21 in which around nine suicide bombers were involved.

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