Indian ISIS was in touch with operatives in 25 countries: NIA

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Bengaluru, July 26: India, Australia, Bangladesh, Egypt, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Serbia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, UAE and United Kingdom...

No, it's not a new G-25 group of nations. It is a list that shows the reach and networking of the Indian module of ISIS, which was in touch with operatives in all these countries.

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Indian ISIS in touch with 25 nations:NIA

The National Investigating Agency (NIA), which is probing a case relating to an ISIS module, says in its chargesheet that the reach of the operatives was immense.

Alleged members of this module were arrested from different parts of the country. The chargesheet was filed against Sheikh Azhar ul Islam, 24, a resident of Ganderbal, Jammu and Kashmir, Adnan Hassan, 36, resident of Bhatkal, Karnataka, and Mohammad Farhan Shaikh, 25, resident of Mumbra, Maharashtra.

The network

Members of the module are alleged to have promoted and propagated ISIS and incited people to join the barbaric terrorist group.

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They communicated through chat and social networking sites such as Nimbuzz, Google Talk, Facebook, Whatsapp, Skype, Vkontakte, Kik, Twitter, Snapchat, Viber, Telegram, Wickr and Surespot. The electronic devices seized from them at the time of the arrests include four laptops, two tablet computers, seven mobiles, five SIM cards and three SD cards.

The accused, in connivance with their associates based in UAE and other countries, were also actively involved in receiving, collecting and distributing funds to people who were ready to go to Syria to fight for the ISIS.

They used Western Union and banking channels to transfer these funds, including to people in Tunisia, Philippines and India.

Adnan Hassan had also funded the ISIS module from Hyderabad, and he had attempted twice to flee India to go to Syria, first from Kolkata in 2014 via Bangladesh and Afghanistan and then from Nagpur to Srinagar, J&K, in 2015, the NIA chargesheet says.

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