National Investigation Agency cleared to join probe into IS links in Colombo

More than a month after suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, the Union home ministry has given a go-ahead to National Investigation Agency (NIA) to join the probe into the attacks.

This follows Colombo’s assent to share the details of their investigations, officials aware of the development said. This will be the first official visit by Indian agencies to the island nation after India sounded advance warnings about the impending attacks.

A team of NIA sleuths headed by director general YC Modi, or an inspector general, will fly to Sri Lanka to probe links between Islamic State’s Kerala module and Lankan terrorist or their handlers, officials said.

“Investigations have thrown some common linkages between the handlers of Sri Lankan bombers and self-radicalised modules in south India,” a top home ministry official told ET. “We were waiting for the confirmation from Lankan agencies.”   Read More

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