Kochi: In a startling statement,the IS operative Riyas Aboobacker who was arrested last day by National Investigation Agency has revealed that terrorists had planned an attack in Kerala. The planning was to carry out terror operation on new year day and the suggestion to target Kerala was done by terrorists who joined IS from the state itself. They had asked Riyas to collect explosives for carrying out operations in the regions where foreigners gather. But the IS sympathisers who were with Riyas discouraged the operation, Riyas told NIA team.
Riyas Aboobacker had been in constant contact with Safran Hashim, the mastermind behind Sri Lankan attacks. Riyas has already committed to National Investigation Agency that he was attracted by the speeches of Safran Hashim and used to listen to his audio messages.
Riyas will be produced in a court in Kochi.