Ernakulam: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) revealed that arrested Islamic State (IS) operative, Nabeel, became Amir or head of Kerala module after the death of its former Amir, Rashid Abdulla, in a US bombing. The NIA also discovered that the IS terrorists communicated with each other using virtual private networks.
Rashid Abdullah used to recruit Malayalees in to the Islamic State. The NIA found that he was killed in a US air raid, while he was engaged in terror activities. The report of the death of Kasaragod native Rashid Abdullah, was conveyed through a Telegram message by the IS Khorasan Province of Afghanistan.
Rashid Abdullah and 21 other IS operatives had headed to Afghanistan on in June 2016. After his death, Nabeel was made Amir of Kerala module of IS.
The terror operatives of the Kerala module communicated with each other using VPN. They used many groups in Telegram, including Pet Lovers to recruit new members in to the IS. Many Telegram groups were used for a short duration of time. These terror gangs continuously prepared and planned to execute bomb blasts in the state.
Nabeel, Ashif, and Shiyas Siddique headed the Kerala module of the Islamic State.
While Nabeel was brought to the Special NIA court in Kochi, he raised a hand gesture which showed his allegiance to the deadly Islamic State. He was arrested while trying to escape to Nepal via Chennai airport using forged documents.