Lanka church blasts: NIA raids places in Coimbatore

St Anthony's Church, Colombo, after renovation

Coimbatore, June 12, 2019: India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) on June 12 searched various places in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore city following reports that some people there have links with those involved in the Easter Sunday church blasts in Sri Lanka.

Raids were conducted by a team of NIA sleuths at seven places on the basis of inputs that certain people are reportedly in touch with those behind the blasts on social media, police sources said.

The searches were continuation of those conducted Tamil Nadu and in Kerala in connection with an ISIS terror module, they said.

However, details about seizure of documents or devices were not available immediately, they added.

The IS had claimed responsibility for the serial bombings in Sri Lanka and around nine suicide bombers were involved in the attack.

The Sri Lankan government has said that local terror group National Towheeth Jamaat (NTJ) carried out the attacks with support from the IS.

Soon after the April 21 attack in Sri Lanka that left 258 dead, India stepped up security in the southern states.

The latest raids come three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sri Lanka. The prime minister’s itinerary included a visit to St Anthony’s Church in Colombo that was one of the blast-hit.


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