India’s NIA team to arrive in Sri Lanka to probe IS links

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A team of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) sleuths headed by director general YC Modi would fly to Sri Lanka to probe links between Islamic State’s Kerala module and Lankan terrorist or their handlers, the Economic Times (ET) reported yesterday.

It said the Indian Home Ministry has given the go-ahead to the NIA to join the probe into the attacks. This follows Sri Lanka’s assent to share the details of the NIA investigations, officials aware of the development have said.

A top official at the Home Ministry has told ET that investigations have thrown some common linkages between the handlers of Sri Lankan bombers and self-radicalised modules in south India. “We were waiting for the confirmation from Lankan agencies,” the official said.

The federal agency had last month arrested a suspect from Kerala, identified as Riyas A. alias Riyas Aboobacker (29), who has allegedly admitted that he was following the Lankan bombers’ alleged ringleader Zahran Hashim and had plans to carry out a suicide attack in Kerala.

Aboobacker also told agencies that Hashim had radicalised several Indian youths in different parts of South India.

The Easter bombings, which killed more 250 people, were carried out by nine suicide bombers including Hashim. Global terrorist outfit Islamic State later claimed responsibility for the attack.

NIA insiders said India will share with Sri Lanka details of probe findings, including electronic evidence collected while analysing laptops and pen drives seized during the investigations into 2019 Kerala module and 2018 Coimbatore modules of Islamic State (IS).

  Comments - 5

  • Banda Tuesday, 28 May 2019 05:48 PM

    Do not look up to India, it was ruled by foreign countries from the Alexander the Great to the British for more than thousand years until 1947. Daily Mirror do not go on projecting India as a great nation.

    Mohan Tuesday, 28 May 2019 06:47 PM

    @Banda: We have already paid a heavy price for not heeding to India's warnings.

    nxnsns Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:29 PM

    India is a great nation lol They're Technologically Advanced

    Palitha Tuesday, 28 May 2019 07:56 PM

    We are a small nation we have to get the support and expertise of friendly couuntries we shouldn't suspect everyone some people have this ego which ruins our relationships

    Ranga Tuesday, 28 May 2019 08:46 PM

    If India is not our neighbor, Sri Lanka would have become a Muslim country


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