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French investigative team arrives in Kerala to interrogate ISIS terrorist lodged in Thrissur jail

Moideen was allegedly trained in Mosul and was posted in Syria, he is believed to have come in contact with some of the Paris attackers.

In connection to the 2015 Paris attacks, French investigation agencies have arrived in India to question an ISIS terrorist, Subahani Haja Moideen. Currently, the accused is in Thrissur Jail in Kerela, he was arrested by NIA for his ISIS links.

According to NIA, Moideen had travelled to Iraq via Turkey to fight for the cause of Jihad with ISIL He was trained in Mosul and then sent to fight along IS regiment called Omer-Kathi-Kaliph, commanded by Abu Sulaimani Al Francisse. He fought in war-zones for almost two-week. According to his own confession, he decided to leave IS and come back to India, after he witnessed his colleague getting burned to death in a war-zone. But, he was incarcerated by IS and kept in IS’s de facto capital Raqqa. He was released on the condition that he will continue to cause mayhem in India under IS banner. NIA had reportedly learned that after his return to India, Moideen had attempted to procure explosives and chemicals.

He was nabbed in connection to a busted covert meeting happening at Kanakamala in Kannur district. This meeting was allegedly attended by IS operatives, planning to conduct terrorist attacks on politicians and judges across Kerela. In March this year, the charge sheet was filed against him.

During Moideeen’s stay with IS, he came in contact with many terrorists who were prime perpetrators of 2015 Paris attacks. France Investigative Agencies think that  Salah Abdeslam, a key perpetrator of Paris attacks was in contact with Moideen, during his stay with IS. The Frech investigative team is accompanied by officers of the French consulate and NIA.

2015 Paris attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks conducted by IS, which had claimed the lives of 130 civilians. Kannur and Kasargod in Kerala have claimed notoriety in recent years for being the hotbed of ISIS recruitment and radicalisation activities.

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