Tight vigil as IS calls for lone wolf attacks in state

The Kerala Police have heightened surveillance on IS modules in the state after Rashid Abdullah, the leader of the Kasargod IS module, who is holed up somewhere in Afghanistan.

Published: 15th November 2017 01:19 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th November 2017 10:29 AM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

KOZHIKODE/KASARGOD : The Kerala Police have heightened surveillance on IS modules in the state after Rashid Abdullah, the leader of the Kasargod IS module, who is holed up somewhere in Afghanistan, has exhorted the IS modules in Kerala to carry out lone wolf attacks, through an audio message sent through ‘Telegram’ app.It was a few weeks ago the police stumbled upon the message in Malayalam reportedly sent by Rashid Abdullah. A police team from Kannur and the NIA have verified the message. In the message, Rashid wants lone-wolf terror attacks on crowds assembling for Indian festivals like Kumbh Mela and Thrissur Pooram. 

Police officers said they have been analysing the message for the last couple of weeks and the details were not publicised till now.The ten-minute clip liberally quotes from the Quran with an authentic Arabic pronounciation. It claims that it is the 50th audio clip from Daulatul Islam. Officers confirmed that Rashid had sent 50 messages so far through ‘Telegram’ messenger.

The  NIA has already chargesheeted Rashid under IPC sections  120B r/w 125 and Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) Sections 38,39 and 40. Though unconfirmed reports point out Rashid is waging war for IS in Afghanistan, there is no specific details of his activities and  whereabouts.In the message, the male voice calls upon the IS agents to use trucks to mow down crowds at Thrissur Pooram or at Maha Kumbh Mela.

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