New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted simultaneous raids at 30 different locations across Tamil Nadu and Telangana on Saturday as part of their ongoing investigation into an ISIS radicalization and recruitment case.
NIA’s sleuths carried out these searches at 21 locations in Coimbatore, three in Chennai, and one location in Tenkasi- all in Tamil Nadu. Besides the agency searched five places in Hyderabad in Telangana, sources in the agency told.
These targeted searches were prompted by fresh evidence pointing towards a potential ISIS module with potential connections to individuals involved in the Coimbatore terror incident.
Earlier this month, the NIA made a significant breakthrough by apprehending an individual associated with the ISIS-inspired Car LED bomb blast in Coimbatore. The suspect, identified as Mohammed Azarudeen, alias Azar, marked the 13th arrest in connection with the case. The NIA had taken over and re-registered the case on October 27, 2022.
The Coimbatore car bomb blast unfolded on October 23 of the previous year, right in front of the revered Arulmigu Kottai Sangameshwarar Thirukovil temple, situated on Eswaran Kovil Street in Ukkadam, Coimbatore. The incident involved a Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and was orchestrated by the now-deceased suspect, Jamesha Mubeen.