NIA arrests ‘Facebook friend’ of Sri Lanka Easter suicide bomber in Coimbatore

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested a “Facebook friend” of Zahran Hashim, the suicide bomber of Sri Lanka’s Easter terror attacks, from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

Mohammed Azarudeen, 32, was arrested Wednesday and will be produced in the special NIA court Thursday, following which he will be taken into custody for questioning.

The arrest, which was made after searches were conducted at seven locations in Coimbatore, is the first establishing a link between Islamic State (IS) modules in Coimbatore and Sri Lanka, an NIA source said. The IS had claimed responsibility for the Easter bombings that killed over 250 people.

According to the NIA, Azarudeen led the ISIS module in Coimbatore and maintained a Facebook page named “KhilafahGFX” through which he propagated ISIS ideology and carried out recruitment of youngsters.  Read More

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