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Kerala coast on high alert after intel on ISIS terror

Thiruvananthapuram | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 25, 2019 11:14 PM IST
The Kerala coast has been put on high alert following intelligence reports that boats allegedly carrying 15 Islamic State Terrorists had set off from Sri Lanka to the Lakshadweep islands, police said Saturday.
Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Image used for representational purpose only.((AFP/ File photo))
Security personnel inspect the interior of St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the church was hit in series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. Image used for representational purpose only.((AFP/ File photo))

Sri Lanka freezes bank accounts of 41 terror suspects, extends emergency by till June 23

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 25, 2019 12:13 PM IST
Police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekara said that the suspects are under the custody of the Terrorist Investigations Department (TID) and the Criminal Investigations Department (CID).
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.(AP)
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.(AP)

Sri Lankan parliament official among six arrested over NTJ links

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 20, 2019 06:58 PM IST
Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through three churches and three luxury hotels on the Easter Sunday, killing more than 250 people.
Even though very few Sri Lankan Muslim women wear the niqab, some feel that the ban may lead to religious tensions. But that’s a conflated reasoning(AFP)
Even though very few Sri Lankan Muslim women wear the niqab, some feel that the ban may lead to religious tensions. But that’s a conflated reasoning(AFP)

Islam doesn’t require the full-face veil, the niqab

By Rana Savfi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 15, 2019 11:54 PM IST
A ban on the full-face veil for security reasons should not be seen as an attack on the religion or the community
An Intelligence Bureau officer, one of the two, said there are 25-26 Islamic preachers who regularly give provocative lectures on religious fundamentalism, hand out jihadi literature, belittle other religions in their speeches and encourage young Muslims to propagate the Sharia law.(PTI/Representative Image)
An Intelligence Bureau officer, one of the two, said there are 25-26 Islamic preachers who regularly give provocative lectures on religious fundamentalism, hand out jihadi literature, belittle other religions in their speeches and encourage young Muslims to propagate the Sharia law.(PTI/Representative Image)

26 Islamic preachers in Tamil Nadu, Kerala under watch

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 08:30 AM IST
The officials, both of whom asked not to be named, clarified that there is no case or terror charge against any of these preachers as of now but that “they are being watched”.
Agencies suspect that IS members, including Aboobacker, Faisal, Abdulla (in Afghanistan) and others were planning something big in India as well.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)
Agencies suspect that IS members, including Aboobacker, Faisal, Abdulla (in Afghanistan) and others were planning something big in India as well.(AP File / Photo used for representational purpose)

ISIS suspect, with links to Abu Dujana, deported from Doha; to be interrogated by NIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi / Thiruvananthapuram | By Neeraj Chauhan and Ramesh Babu
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2019 09:42 AM IST
According to an official, the suspect Faisal, a native of Kerala, had been in regular touch with Aboobacker, who was arrested last week. The latter was allegedly planning suicide attacks in Kerala after being inspired by the mastermind of Sri Lanka bombings.
The arrest of Riyas came after NIA received input that a group of four persons had been in touch with some of the accused that is Abdul Rashid, Ashfaq Majeed, Abdul Khayoom etc who had already migrated to Afghanistan and Syria.
The arrest of Riyas came after NIA received input that a group of four persons had been in touch with some of the accused that is Abdul Rashid, Ashfaq Majeed, Abdul Khayoom etc who had already migrated to Afghanistan and Syria.

Kerala-based ISIS suspect inspired by Sri Lanka bombing plotter caught: NIA

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 11:46 PM IST
During the course of the interrogation, the man admitted that he wanted to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala.
A week ago, Sri Lankan tourist guide Ricky Costa was preparing for a typically easy Sunday ferrying backpackers between Colombo’s tea shops and beach bars in his canary-yellow rickshaw. Then the blasts began.(AFP Photo)
A week ago, Sri Lankan tourist guide Ricky Costa was preparing for a typically easy Sunday ferrying backpackers between Colombo’s tea shops and beach bars in his canary-yellow rickshaw. Then the blasts began.(AFP Photo)

How Sri Lanka, Lonely Planet’s top place for 2019, became an ISIS target

Colombo | By Reuters
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 09:13 PM IST
The coordinated suicide bombings by Islamist militants at hotels and churches killed more than 250 people and sent shockwaves through an Indian Ocean island state that had enjoyed relative peace since a civil war ended a decade ago.
Britain’s security forces are on the hunt for so-called “crocodile cells or sleeper cells” of Islamic State (ISIS) operatives plotting terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe, according to a UK media report.(Representative Image/Getty Images)
Britain’s security forces are on the hunt for so-called “crocodile cells or sleeper cells” of Islamic State (ISIS) operatives plotting terrorist attacks in the UK and Europe, according to a UK media report.(Representative Image/Getty Images)

UK security forces hunt for ISIS ‘crocodile cells’: Report

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2019 04:51 PM IST
The UK’s intelligence services continue to investigate links between one of the Sri Lankan suicide bombers, Abdul Lathief Jameel Mohamed, and the UK-based extremists since it emerged he had studied in Britain.
The searches were conducted at the houses of three suspects—two in Kasargod and one in Palakkad.
The searches were conducted at the houses of three suspects—two in Kasargod and one in Palakkad.

NIA raids ISIS module in Kerala, three suspects questioned

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 29, 2019 12:48 AM IST
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.
Sri Lanka bans local Islamist extremist outfits linked to ISIS(REUTERS)
Sri Lanka bans local Islamist extremist outfits linked to ISIS(REUTERS)

Sri Lanka bans local Islamist extremist outfits linked to ISIS

Colombo | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 09:48 PM IST
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday said the country needs new laws to deal with threats posed by local terror outfits linked to ISIS.
The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks.(REUTERS)
The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks.(REUTERS)

‘Terror group NTJ wanted separate Islamic confederate in Sri Lanka’: Official

New Delhi | By Neeraj Chauhan
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 08:16 AM IST
The official, however, said the Tamil Nadu-based organisation doesn’t seem to be involved in Sri Lanka attacks but it was in touch with radical elements, an angle which needs to be probed further.

Sri Lanka blasts updates- Imran Khan speaks to Sri Lanka PM; strongly condemns Easter attacks

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Agencies
UPDATED ON APR 25, 2019 12:14 AM IST

The blasts at hotels and churches have so far killed at least 359 people, the deadliest such event in south Asia’s historySri Lankan police said on Wednesday they had detained 18 more people for questioning over the Easter Sunday attacks on churches and hotels, claimed by the Islamic State group.ISIS made its claim after Sri Lankan officials said the suicide bombings in Sri Lanka were carried out in retaliation for attacks on two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people in March.Follow updates here

The agency had claimed in December 2018, following raids at 17 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh that this new ISIS inspired module was at an advanced stage of preparation for carrying out a series of bomb blasts in Delhi with crowded areas and important persons as likely targets.(HT FILE PHOTO)
The agency had claimed in December 2018, following raids at 17 places in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh that this new ISIS inspired module was at an advanced stage of preparation for carrying out a series of bomb blasts in Delhi with crowded areas and important persons as likely targets.(HT FILE PHOTO)

NIA arrests founder of ‘ISIS Amroha module’ in Delhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 09:14 AM IST
Faiz is the founding member of pro-Islamic State module - Harkat-Ul-Harb-E-Islam, also popularly known as ‘ISIS Amroha module’ recently unearthed by the NIA.
The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested Mohammad Faiz, a resident of Delhi’s Jaffrabad area, for conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital region and Uttar Pradesh by an Islamic State inspired module.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The National Investigation Agency on Tuesday arrested Mohammad Faiz, a resident of Delhi’s Jaffrabad area, for conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital region and Uttar Pradesh by an Islamic State inspired module.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

‘Terror suspect held from Delhi, planned attacks’: NIA

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 24, 2019 08:50 AM IST
Faiz is the founding member of pro-Islamic State module — Harkat-Ul-Harb-E-Islam, also popularly known as ‘ISIS Amroha module’ — that was recently unearthed by NIA.
NIA (National Investigation Agency) carried out searches at three locations in Hyderabad, against ISIS module.(ANI)
NIA (National Investigation Agency) carried out searches at three locations in Hyderabad, against ISIS module.(ANI)

NIA conducts raids in Hyderabad, arrests one with alleged ISIS links

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2019 01:51 PM IST
According to a police official familiar with the development, the NIA sleuths on Saturday morning conducted searches in eight houses at Sastripuram and King’s Colony at Mylar Devpalli in the old city around 8 am and took one Tahir into custody from King’s Colony.
An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV on March 23, 2019 shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz after defeating the jihadist group.(AFP)
An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV on March 23, 2019 shows the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in the Islamic State group's last bastion in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz after defeating the jihadist group.(AFP)

ISIS Jihadists emerge from tunnels to surrender after ‘caliphate’ falls

Baghouz, Syria | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2019 07:15 AM IST
Syria’s Kurds warned that despite the demise of the proto-state, the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained are a time-bomb the world urgently needs to defuse.
Reema Iqbal and her sister, Zara, have five boys under the age of eight between them and are being held in a Syrian detention camp.(AP)
Reema Iqbal and her sister, Zara, have five boys under the age of eight between them and are being held in a Syrian detention camp.(AP)

Pakistani-origin ISIS brides lose British citizenship: Report

London | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAR 11, 2019 10:33 AM IST
At least a dozen jihadi brides from Britain and more than 20 of their children are believed to be held in overcrowded camps run by western-backed Kurdish forces in Syria.
The National Investigation Agency has filed a charge sheet against six alleged sympathisers of terror group ISIS in Coimbatore, officials said here on Tuesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
The National Investigation Agency has filed a charge sheet against six alleged sympathisers of terror group ISIS in Coimbatore, officials said here on Tuesday.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

NIA files charge sheet against alleged ISIS sympathisers

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 26, 2019 06:11 PM IST
The case was re-registered by NIA on October 30, 2018 and investigation taken from Tamil Nadu Police, the spokesperson said.
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is barring a US-born former Islamic State propagandist from returning home, making the highly unusual case that she is not a US citizen.(Reuters/File Photo)
President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he is barring a US-born former Islamic State propagandist from returning home, making the highly unusual case that she is not a US citizen.(Reuters/File Photo)

Donald Trump refuses to allow US-born woman who joined ISIS to return

Washington | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2019 01:37 PM IST
Hoda Muthana, 24, travelled to Syria over four years ago to join the ISIS. She married a succession of Islamic State fighters and went on Twitter to encourage attacks on the West.
Shamima Begum, 19, who had expressed desire to return to the UK with her newborn son, was banned on Tuesday from entering the country.(AFP/File Photo)
Shamima Begum, 19, who had expressed desire to return to the UK with her newborn son, was banned on Tuesday from entering the country.(AFP/File Photo)

UK revokes citizenship of teenager who fled to join ISIS

London | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2019 11:18 AM IST
A UK girl of Bangladeshi descent, Shamima Begum, who fled to join the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria in 2015 and married an extremist, has been stripped of her British citizenship, which the teen said was “unjust”.
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015, Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.(AFP)
In this file photo taken on February 22, 2015, Renu Begum, eldest sister of missing British girl Shamima Begum, holds a picture of her sister while being interviewed by the media in central London.(AFP)

‘Will do anything to come back’: Pregnant UK schoolgirl who joined ISIS in Syria

London | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2019 01:33 PM IST
Shamima Begum, 15, was one of three British schoolgirls who ran away from their homes in the UK in 2015 to be jihadi brides, causing much concern in the country on the impact of online radicalisation, especially among the youth.
One of the nine suspects held for alleged links with terror outfit ISIS being produced in a court at Aurangabad by Maharashtra ATS.(HT Photo)
One of the nine suspects held for alleged links with terror outfit ISIS being produced in a court at Aurangabad by Maharashtra ATS.(HT Photo)

Thane man held for alleged links with ISIS was planning lone-wolf attack in Maharashtra: Sources

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Manish K Pathak, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2019 10:55 AM IST
Talah Potrick, the tenth man arrested for suspected links with terror outfit ISIS, was produced in the court on Sunday and remanded in police custody till February 5.
File photo of Dawood Ibrahim(HT File)
File photo of Dawood Ibrahim(HT File)

Son of Dawood Ibrahim’s sharpshooter among 9 arrested for alleged links with ISIS

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Manish K Pathak and Faisal Tandel, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JAN 24, 2019 10:19 AM IST
Mohammed Mazhar Shaikh, who worked as a computer engineer in Bhiwandi, is the son of Rashid Hussain, also known as Rashid Malabari and nicknamed “Double”. Shaikh’s younger brother Azhar confirmed their father’s identity.
All of them are allegedly linked to the ISIS terror group, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) said.(Hindustan Times)
All of them are allegedly linked to the ISIS terror group, the Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) said.(Hindustan Times)

Teenager among nine arrested in Maharashtra for alleged ISIS links

Hindustan Times | By Manish K Pathak
UPDATED ON JAN 28, 2019 10:57 AM IST
The arrests came during the course the ATS investigation into the presence of sleeper cells ahead of Republic Day.
Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi, who has supported the demand for Ram temple in Ayodhya and uniform civil code, said Muslim children, if they want, can take admission in madarsas after completing high school.(HT/Picture for representation)
Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi, who has supported the demand for Ram temple in Ayodhya and uniform civil code, said Muslim children, if they want, can take admission in madarsas after completing high school.(HT/Picture for representation)

Shut down madarsas to check ISIS’ influence on Muslim children: UP Shia board chief writes to PM Modi

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 10:31 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board chairman Waseem Rizvi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to shut down primary-level madarsas across the country in order to check terror group ISIS’ influence on Muslim children.
Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning him against alleged indoctrination by ISIS in madrasas, reports ANI.(PTI/ Representative Image)
Uttar Pradesh Shia Waqf Board Chairman Waseem Rizvi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi warning him against alleged indoctrination by ISIS in madrasas, reports ANI.(PTI/ Representative Image)

Ban madrasas or ISIS influence will grow in India: Shia Waqf board chief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2019 03:09 PM IST
Waseem Rizvi added that the Islamic state was a dangerous terror organization and was trying to indoctrinate children, to spread its influence in all Muslim majority areas.
On December 28, the NIA announced that it had busted an IS-inspired module consisting of members from Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)
On December 28, the NIA announced that it had busted an IS-inspired module consisting of members from Delhi and western Uttar Pradesh.(Gurpreet Singh/HT Photo)

NIA conducts more raids in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab in ISIS module probe

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 17, 2019 11:00 PM IST
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Thursday conducted searches at seven places in Uttar Pradesh and Punjab in connection with its ongoing probe into the Islamic State (IS)-inspired module — Harkat-ul-Harb-e-Islam, officials said.
The National Investigation Agency said Saturday it has made a fresh arrest from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh in connection with its probe against an ISIS-inspired group. (Representational Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The National Investigation Agency said Saturday it has made a fresh arrest from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh in connection with its probe against an ISIS-inspired group. (Representational Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

ISIS module: NIA arrests man from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2019 04:28 PM IST
The agency also conducted fresh searches on Saturday at three locations in Meerut, Hapur and Ghaziabad in connection with the latest arrest.
NIA headquarters in New Delhi, India(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
NIA headquarters in New Delhi, India(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

ISIS module case: NIA takes accused to Amroha, conduct searches

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Bareilly
PUBLISHED ON JAN 10, 2019 07:52 AM IST
The follow-up action came after the NIA arrested 10 people and busted an ISIS-inspired terror module Harkat-e-Harb-e-Islam on December 26.
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