NIA arrests 2 Kerala women, says linked to IS terror module | India News

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NEW DELHI: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Tuesday arrested two women residents of Kannur in Kerala, who were said to be highly radicalised, with one of whom having travelled to Iran to join Islamic State terror outfit in Syria while the other was ready to make the journey to an IS-controlled territory.
The arrests came on a day when the mother of a Kerala girl, who along with her husband had moved to Afghanistan and was lodged in a Kabul prison after the husband was killed in an US airstrike raid on an IS base, said her daughter had been freed by the Taliban. Another woman, also mother of a similarly widowed girl in Afghanistan, said she had no information. So far the government has been wary about the return of the radicalised women. It is not clear if this opinion will be revised in view of the current situation in Afghanistan.
The arrests of the two women — Mizha Siddeeque and Shifa Haris — on Tuesday came in the IS Kerala module case registered by NIA this year. The case pertains to terrorist activities of Mohammed Ameen alias Abu Yahya who, along with his associates, has been running various IS propaganda channels on different social media platforms such as Telegram, Hoop and Instagram in order to radicalise and recruit new members.
It was on the instructions of Ameen that Mizha Siddeeque, who was affiliated with IS and had even travelled to Tehran in Syria, had created a page on Instagram to propagate and motivate Muslim youths for the outfit. She had also radicalised an accused in the case, her cousin Mus’Hab Anwar and Shifa Harris — both arrested accused in the case — and was motivating them to join IS.
Shifa Haris @ Ayesha on the directions of accused Mus’Hab Anwar and Mizha, transferred funds to Mohammad Waqar Lone to support IS activities. Lone was among the four arrested on August 4.

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