According to reports, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are conducting raids at the houses and offices of the six members of Islamic State (IS) module in Coimbatore on whom cases were filed at Kochi in May 2019 for their alleged involvement with Sri Lanka blast mastermind Zahran Hashim and for planning terroist attacks in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
Based on a tip-off of that an IS module based in Coimbatore is recruiting youth and planning attacks in South India, the NIA conducted raids across seven places in Coimbatore on Wednesday.
It is disclosed that the accused are associated with Sri Lanka blast mastermind Zahran Hashim and one of the accused members has been a Facebook friend of Zahran Hashim.
The six people on whom cases were filed were identified as Mohammed Azharuddin of Coimbatore; Azharuddin T of Nanjundapuram, Podanur; Sheik Hidyathullah, Alameen Colony, South Ukkadam; Aboobacker M of Kuniamuthur; Sadham Hussain of Aasath Nagar, Karimbukadai and Ibrahim Shahin of Mania Thottam.
All the accused are being interrogated at Race Course.