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G Ramesh | HENB | Kochi | Oct, 28, 2016:: The National Investigation Agency probe on the 21 missing persons from Kerala has unearthed that more than 30 youths from the state had attended IS training camps in Afghanistan and many had returned to the state to run the sleeper cells.
Kerala is shocked over the Islamic State (IS) terror module operating deep inside the state for long. The National Investigation Agency probe on the 21 missing persons from Kerala has unearthed that more than 30 youths from the state had attended IS training camps in Afghanistan and many had returned to the state to run the sleeper cells.
The investigations also revealed that many educated Muslim youths from the state who were working in Gulf countries had strong links with IS terror networks and were in close contact with the prophets of terror. And some of the NRI businessmen from Kerala funded their activities.
“The image of secular Kerala is a vanity. The state has been a breeding ground of terror networks. Many organisations and religious outfits were facilitating their activities,” said a senior police official.
“It’s not limited to radical Muslim outfits. Even the so called religious groups which claim secular credentials promoted the prophets of terror,” the officials added. According to him, the handlers of terror outfits have used social media effectively to recruit the youths from the state without alerting the police and intelligence agencies.
Hell broke out when the state came to know about the 21 persons including four families that left the state to join Islamic State in May last year. Later NIA has taken over the investigation to track the terror network operating in the state. NIA arrested seven persons including Subahani Haja Moideen who fought for IS in Iraq.
31-year-old Subahani who is a native of Thodupuzha in Idukki district was a major breakthrough as he had identified key persons in the network. NIA identified Sajeer Abdulla Mangalaseri as the chief of the IS network in Kerala. 35-year-old Sajeer, a Civil Engineer from National Institute of Technology, Kozhikode and a Salafist who hails from Moozhikal in Kozhikode has been recruiting people from Kerala in IS fold.
“His involvement in IS recruitment is a new revelation. He has no crime records and has been working in UAE since 2004. His family has no knowledge about his involvement with terror networks,” a police official in Kozhikode revealed the matter.
The seven people who were recently arrested for working as Islamic State’s (IS) south India module were planning to carry out ‘lone wolf’ attacks on targets, revealed the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Its officials said the members were having their first meeting at Kanakamala in Kannur after the group was formed a year ago.
“When the attacks are carried out by a group, it is easy for security agencies to track and foil its plans. However, when it comes to single-man operations, agencies cannot keep focusing on one person. The IS attack in Nice in France, in which a truck was used to ram into the crowd, was carried out by a lone wolf,” said an NIA official.
The IS group decided to have a face-to-face meeting in Kannur after security agencies managed to secure some of their plans, and they found it tough to procure explosives. Five members of the group were arrested on October 2. “Subahani, who had fought for the IS in Iraq, had the task of arranging explosives. Even though he had contacted several explosives agents, none of his attempts bore fruit. The meeting was organised to make changes in the operations of the module,” the official said.
After tracing the funds received by Subahani, the NIA suspects that more IS modules are functioning in south India. He was directed by handlers stationed abroad and was told that the money for purchasing explosives would be kept under an idol at a park in Chennai. “As directed, Subahani visited Butterfly Park in Chennai where he found `20,000 under an idol. We are trying to trace the people who kept the cash there,” said the NIA official.
The term ‘lone wolf’ was popularised by white supremacists Alex Curtis and Tom Metzger in the 90s. Metzger advocated individual or small-cell underground activity, as opposed to above-ground membership organisations, envisaging “warriors acting alone or in small groups who attacked the government or other targets in daily, anonymous acts”.
The advanced trained IS Jihadis of Kerala origin are now waiting in various sleepers cells within Kerala and in many states of India. As per report, the maximum numbers of Muslim youths and converted Muslims went to IS training from Kerala and they have returned to state to unleash the Jihadi attacks with the help of various home grown Islamist modules in all possible ways and preferably through ‘lone wolf’ style. In fact, Kerala is functioning as the IS capital of India!
__with input from India Today and New India Express.