Sri Lanka blasts probe: NIA conducts raids in 7 places in Coimbatore

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Coimbatore: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids in several locations in Tamil Nadu over a suspected link between an Islamic State module and the Easter Bombings in Sri Lanka.

The team of NIA officials arrived from Cochin conducted raids at seven different locations in Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

According to reports, three persons– Azharuddin, Saddam Akbar and Abu Baqr Siddique–are under scanner in connection with Srilanka blasts and the raids are being conducted at their residence.

Leader of ISIS module was also found to be friends with Zahran Hashim(Sri Lankan blast alleged mastermind) on Facebook.

A two-member NIA team headed by an Inspector General had left for Colombo last month to coordinate with the Sri Lankan authorities in the investigation into the attacks.

According to sources, the NIA team will probe if Sri Lankan agencies have any information to help NIA in its investigation. The team will also share information related to the ISIS Kerala and Coimbatore Module cases.

In the Coimbatore case, the NIA had found evidence to show that the Zahran Hashmi, the mastermind of the Easter Bombings had intended to target Churches.

Last month, the NIA had carried out raids at 10 places in Tamil Nadu after a case was filed against eight people for allegedly supporting Islamic State.

The NIA carried out raids at eight locations of Popular Front of India (PFI) offices in Tamil Nadu and Tauheed Jamaat offices on May 2.

The raids were in connection to the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka that killed over 253 persons on Easter Sunday.

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