Key suspect linked to Hashim arrested in Tamil Nadu crackdown continues

As per the initial reports, Mohammed Azarudeen is the leader of the module and has been maintaining the Facebook page named ‘KhilafahGFX’, through which he had been disseminating ISIS ideology. During Wednesday’s raid the NIA also uncovered PFI-SDPI link to the ISIS module and seized 14 mobile phones, 29 SIM cards, 10 pen drives, three laptops, six memory cards, four hard disc drives, one internet dongle and 13 CDs/ DVDs apart from one dagger, one electric baton, 300 air-gun pellets and a large number of incriminating documents from the houses and workplaces of accused persons.The NIA believes that the group was recruiting local youths through social media to join the Islamic State for carrying out terrorist attacks in South India especially in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The NIA had registered cases on May 30 against the six people following information that they were allegedly propagating the ideology of terrorist organisation ISIS/Daish on social media. All the accused whose residences and workplaces were raided were questioned by the NIA.The presence of Islamic State modules in the country is a serious cause of concern for the investigative agency. After losing ground in Syria and Iraq, the terrorist outfit has fixed its eyes on South Asia and has already been active in Bangladesh followed by Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka witnessed one of the worst terror attacks in the country after 250 people were killed in suicide bombings in the island nation. While Sri Lankan jihadist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) carried out the attack the IS claimed responsibility for it. (Colombo Gazette) On Wednesday, raids were held in seven locations and one person Azarudeen, who is a Facebook friend of the Sri Lanka Easter bombings mastermind, Zahran Hashim, was arrested. A key suspect linked to Zahran Hashim has been arrested in Tamil Nadu as Indian investigators continued raids to arrest suspects linked to the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka.The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) carried out fresh raids at three places in Coimbatore today (Thursday) at 4:30 am in the morning, Times Now reported. read more

UN releases new funding to support critical aid operations in Central African

However, even with this new funding, overall resources in the country remains a mere 14 per cent, said the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in a news release today. “An adequate level of funding of humanitarian activities remains an absolute priority, otherwise, CAR risks relapsing into an acute crisis,” warned the UN humanitarian wing. In the news release, Najat Rochdi, the Humanitarian Coordinator for the country, who released the funds thanked the donors who haves supported response and reiterated her call for increased resources. “It is the peace process consolidation which is at stake,” she noted. The latest tranche will support efforts in Basse Kotto, Mbomou, Nana Gribizi, Ouaka and Ouham-Pendé provinces, where between September 2016 and March 2017, flare-ups in the situation have resulted in massive displacements and severe challenges, including for protection of civilians. The projects targeted in the latest release include responses in the education, protection, health, nutrition and water, sanitation and hygiene sectors as well logistics, shelter and non-food items, coordination and site management. In the Humanitarian Response Plan for CAR, UN and relief partners had appealed for nearly $400 million to support more than half the country’s population who are dependent on humanitarian assistance for their survival. According to UN figures, between February and March this year, the African nation has seen a nearly 6 per cent increase in the number of newly displaced people from 401,072 to 426,100. The security situation in the country too has seen a rapid deterioration. On 8 May, eight peacekeepers from the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission, known by its French acronym MINUSCA, were killed when their convoy was attacked by suspected anti-Balaka elements near Bangassou, about 474 kilometres east of the nation’s capital, Bangui.Clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian, plunged the country of 4.5 million people into civil conflict in 2013. read more