Just months after 21 people from Kerala went missing, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday apprehended five people from Kannur for their alleged link with the extremist outfit Islamic State.
The NIA team conducted a raid following a tip-off that the men were holding a meeting in the area and took them into custody, Indian Express has reported.
According to an NIA release, the accused were inspired by the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), and were collecting explosives and other offensive material for targeting important persons and places of public importance in various parts of south India.
Those arrested have been identified as Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, Abu Basheer alias Rashid, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf, Safwan P, Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu from two districts of Kerala.
The release added: “During the searches, incriminating material, including electronic devices, were seized from them and their premises. Follow-up searches are being conducted by the NIA in Chennai, Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Kannur, Kozhikode and Mallapuram in Kerala.”
All the accused are to be produced in a special NIA court in Kerala’s Ernakulam, where the probe agency will be seeking their police custody.