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Raids in Kerala over ISIS links, three suspects questioned

The National Investigation Agency is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2019 20:09 IST
HT Correspondent
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New Delhi
NIA,Kerala,ISIS
The searches were conducted at the houses of three suspects—two in Kasargod and one in Palakkad.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids at three places in Kerala on Sunday in connection with its probe on an Islamic State module.

The searches were conducted at the houses of three suspects—two in Kasargod and one in Palakkad. The three suspects are being questioned by the probe agency.

“These persons are suspected to have links with some of the accused in the ISIS Kasaragod module who had exited India to join ISIS,” an NIA statement said.

Mobile phones, SIM cards, pen drives, DVDs and CDs with religious speeches were recovered during the raids. “Handwritten notes in Arabic and Malayalam, DVDs of Zakir Naik and Syed Kutheb have been seized. The digital devices will be forensically examined and analysed,” the statement added.

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The NIA is probing cases of disappearance of at least 21 people who had left Kerala under mysterious circumstances over a period of time and are suspected to have joined ISIS.

Among them, 17 are from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad. They include four women and three children.

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 15:46 IST