India NIA raids seven locations in Coimbatore
The raids were conducted after the investigating agency filed a fresh case in connection with an ISIS module, news agency ANI reported.
During the probe, the agency found that the leader of ISIS module was friends with Zahran Hashim.
Searches were held in Anbu Nagar, Podanur, and Kuniyamuthur areas of the city, along with other places. Raids, began at 7 AM yesterday.
The searches were a continuation of those conducted here and in Kerala in connection with an ISIS terror module.
However, details about seizure of documents or devices were not available immediately.
In April this year, the NIA had arrested Riyas Aboobacker in connection with the terror module case. According to the investigating agency, Aboobacker was allegedly planning suicide attacks at international tourist destinations in Kerala. He was arrested from Palakkad.
The 29-year-old is said to have followed the speeches and videos of Sri Lankan Sunday Easter bombing mastermind, Zahran Hashim, till he was arrested. It has been said that he was preparing himself mentally to become a suicide bomber.
The raids were conducted months after nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of blasts in Sri Lanka in which 253 people were killed. The IS had claimed responsibility for the serial bombings in Sri Lanka and around nine suicide bombers were involved in the attack.
The Sri Lankan government has said that local terror group National Thawheed Jama’ath (NTJ) carried out the attacks with support from the IS