Arrested ISIS operative had judges, foreigners in Kerala ontarget: NIA
A suspected ISIS operative, who got battle training in Iraq, was believed to have been plotting to target a few judges of Kerala and foreign tourists visiting the coastal state before he was arrested by the NIA.
The accused, identified as Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday in connection with an alleged conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in India.
Sources on Thursday claimed that Moideen was planning to target some judges posted in Kerala as well as foreign tourists visiting beach resorts in the state.
Moideen was under watch of the security agencies and when he was giving shape to the plans to carry out the terror attacks in Kerala, NIA arrested him soon after, sources said.
Moideen is said to be the only Indian who got hardened battle training in Mosul in Iraq, they said.
In a statement, the NIA said that the accused had conspired to carry out terror activities in the country and was planning to collect chemical explosives from cracker manufacturers in Tamil Nadu.
The accused was radicalised and recruited in ISIS through social media platforms, the statement said, adding that he had left India for Istanbul from Chennai last year on the pretext of performing ‘Umrah’.
After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with other people who hailed from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under control of ISIS.