Tuesday, May 30, 2023

ISIS-inspired terrorist gets 7-year jail term from special NIA court


Kozhikode: A special NIA court in Kerala on Tuesday sentenced an ISIS-inspired terrorist to seven years’ rigorous imprisonment for planning to carry out attacks on various targets including foreigners in the country, an official said.

Muhammad Polakanni, a resident of Kozhikode, was the ninth accused convicted in the case which was registered suo motu by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) on October 1, 2016, a spokesperson of the federal agency said.

The court also imposed fine on the convict.

The official said the ”ISIS Omar Al Hindi” case pertains to the conspiracy and the consequent formation of the ISIS-inspired terrorist module ‘Ansarul Khilafa-KL’ during early 2016 by certain youths from South India with the intention of furthering the objectives of the global terror group.

”The accused persons from Kanakamala in Kannur district had assembled for preparations to carry out terrorist attacks in Kerala and Tamil Nadu, targeting of prominent persons, including judges, police officers and politicians, as also at places of tourist importance where foreigners, especially Jews, congregate,” the spokesperson said.

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