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Arrested Kerala man was 'inspired' by Sri Lankan blasts mastermind, was planning to carry out attack in Indian state

Arrested Kerala man was 'inspired' by Sri Lankan blasts mastermind, was planning to carry out attack in Indian state

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 30 Apr 2019, 03:45 pm

Thiruvananthapuram, Apr 30 (IBNS): A man, who was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Kerala, was planning to commit a suicide attack in the state, media reports said.

In a statement, NIA said: "During interrogation, he has disclosed that he has been in online contact with absconding accused Abdul Rashid Abdulla @ Abu Isa for a long time and has been following his audio clips including the clip which he had circulated on social media platform instigating others to carryout terror attacks in India."

NIA said: "He revealed that he was also having online chat with Abdul Khayoom @ Abu Khalid (Accused in Valapattanam ISIS Case)who was believed to be in Syria."

NIA said the arrested man has confessed that he was inspired by Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind behind the last Sunday's suicide bombings in Sri Lanka.

He also confessed that he used to follow speeches of controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik

   "He has further disclosed that he has been following speeches/videos of Zahran Hashim of Sri Lanka for more than a year and has also followed the speeches of Zakir Naik," the NIA said in a statement.

" He admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala," the NIA said on his plan to conduct attack in Kerala.

The NIA said: " NIA had earlier received inputs that a group of four persons has been in contact with some of the ac cused viz. Abdul Rashid, Ashfaq Majeed, Abdul Khayoom etc who had already migrated to Afghanistan and Syria. After verification, NIA carried out searches at three places (two in Kasaragod and one in Palakkad District) yesterday (28.04.2019). Three group members have been interrogated for their ISIS links and their plans."

Arrested Kerala man was 'inspired' by Sri Lankan blasts mastermind, was planning to carry out attack in Indian state

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