Thursday, 6 October 2016

Tamil Nadu ISIS Man Subahani Haji Moideen Arrested

NIA arrests Islamic State operative







In a major catch, the National Investigation Agency has arrested an Islamic State operative - Subahani Haji Moideen from Tamil Nadu, who had gone to Iraq last year and fought alongside ISIS in the city of Mosul.


Moideen (31) has told the investigators that went to Iraq in April 2015 via Istanbul and joined the so called caliphate alongwith others from Pakistan and Afghanistan after being radicalised online.

He attended the religious and combat training programs of ISIS before he was sent to the battle front where, he has claimed, he was being paid 100 US dollars per month as remuneration apart from food, accommodation and other facilities.

Moideen has also disclosed that he couldn't bear the killings and violence and decided to quit the biggest terror organisation after which ISIS imprisoned him.

Along with many other foreign fighters there, who wanted to leave the terror outfit, Moideen was produced before an ISIS judge in Raqqa and "tortured" by ISIS and incarcerated.


After sometime, he somehow managed to leave the ISIS territory and flee to Istanbul, which agencies are trying to establish how he did that. From there, he came to India and stayed with his wife.

However, lately he again got in touch with ISIS members and was presently planning to carry out attacks here for which he had even started collected explosive material.


Moideen, who also goes by alias Abu Meer, is second IS operative after Mumbai (Kalyan) based Areeb Majeed to have fought alongside IS and arrested by Indian agencies. Areeb Majeed was caught in October 2014 upon his return to India from Syria while Moideen was here in Tamilnadu for last several months and his activities were being watched.


The NIA and states' police have arrested 60 IS operatives in India since 2014 out of which only Meer and Majeed have been so called "warriors" on the ground of the deadliest terrorist organisation.

Kerala native Subahani Moideen fought for IS in Iraq, got $100/month

Published Oct 7, 2016, 1:21 am IST



Kochi: The National Investigation Agency on Thursday produced Islamic State terrorist Subahani Haja Moideen, 31, a Thodupuzha native, who helped the IS in the war-zone at Mosul in Iraq, before the Ernakulam NIA court. Subahani was radicalised and recruited to ISIS by recruiters active on the social media platforms. He left India to join IS and spent two weeks in Iraq but left the organisation as he could not withstand the violence and war misery at Mosul. He then left the IS and came back to India after getting help from the Indian consulate in Istanbul  in Sept. 2015.

The NIA informed the court that Subahani was planning  attacks in India by collecting  firearms in Tamil Nadu. According to the NIA,  the accused left India for Istanbul from Chennai on a visit visa. After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with others, including people from Pakistan and Afghanistan, to the ISIS-held territory in Iraq. He was taken to Mosul in Iraq, where he underwent detailed course in Shariya followed by combat training.

On completion of the  training,  including  in  automated weapons, he was sent to the war zone at  Mosul for security duties in ISIS-held territory, which he performed for almost two weeks. He was being paid USD 100 per month as subsistence allowance by the ISIS along with common available accommodation and food without any additional charges, the NIA said. According to the NIA,  the accused  decided to leave the organisation after two of his friends were burnt  alive before him in a shell attack. On conveying his decision to quit the organisation, he was imprisoned by ISIS at Mosul and was subjected to extreme torture.

He, along with other similar deserting foreign fighters, was produced before a judge of the ISIS, following which he was again incarcerated at Raqqa in Syria. Later, for reasons yet to be ascertained, he was allowed to leave ISIS-controlled territory and return to Turkey along with five other foreign nationals. Subahani Haja Moideen,  residing at Kadayanallur, Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu,  was arrested by the NIA on Wednesday for joining and supporting the activities of the ISIS, proscribed under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. He originally hails from Maliyekkal House, Market Road, Thodupuzha, Idukki district, Kerala, the NIA said.

The NIA searched his house at Kadayanallur, Tirunelveli,  on October 3 and he was summoned to the NIA branch office, Kochi, for further examination. During his examination, he  revealed that he had gone to Iraq on  April 8, 2015 to join the ISIS and fight for the organisation. He had left home telling his parents and wife that he was going to perform Umrah. After his release from IS custody,  he stayed illegally in Istanbul for about two weeks before he approached the Indian consulate for returning to India.

The TN-based salesman who was the ISIS kingpin of south India



Kochi: Subahani Haja Moideen, the salesman arrested in Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli district in connection with the bust of a suspected Islamic State module in Kerala, had been coordinating the activities of the IS modules in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, the National Investigation Agency suspects.

The men arrested at Kanakamala in Kannur were all members of the Kerala module of the terror outfit based in Syria and Iraq.

The NIA sleuths who registered a case against the men found at Kanakamala have found that some of their accomplices were in the United Arab Emirates. The agency has sought the help of the Interpol to repatriate them. The investigators have already zeroed in on the members of the Tamil Nadu module, sources said.

Subahani, whose parents and siblings live in Thoudpuzha in central Kerala, once fought for the terrorist outfit in Mosul in Iraq. He had seen his companions going up in flames in a shell attack and had spent 55 days in jail for trying to desert the IS.

Meanwhile, the NIA is trawling the cyber space for posts and notes sympathetic to the IS. The agency has asked Facebook, WhatsApp and Google to part with back-end information on messages bearing terrorist propaganda.




Family clueless on youth’s Islamic State links

 Published Oct 10, 2016, 6:17 am IST

Kochi: The family of suspected IS operative Subhani Haji Moideen (31) was reportedly in dark about his extremist connection with the terror outfit till he was taken into custody by the National Investigative Agency (IAS) three days back. An NIA team led by DySP Shoukath Ali on Sunday took him to his native place at Thodupuzha for evidence collection and recovered a few documents during search of his house. Subhani's father Haji Moidheen reportedly told the officers that Subhani left to Tamil Nadu and the family members had no knowledge regarding his activities there.

Subhani, who was working in Chennai, had left his home on April 8, 2015 on a visiting visa, telling his parents and wife that he was going to perform Umrah. “We ‘ve seized certain documents during the search at his house on Market Road, Thodupuzha,” sources said. Subhani was arrested last Thursday.
 Meanwhile, BJP activists assembled and raised slogans against the accused during evidence collection process, however, the cops managed to bring the situation under control.

Why did Subahani return?

However, he told interrogators that he could not withstand the violence and war misery in Mosul and decided to leave especially after he saw two of his friends getting charred.
He was jailed by ISIS and produced before an Islamic judge who sent him to Syria. He claimed that he was allowed to cross over to Turkey from where he contacted his family with the help of the Indian consulate at Istanbul.

He arrived in Mumbai after a gap of six months in September last year on an emergency certificate and returned to his ancestral place where he was staying with his wife and managed to get a job at a jewellery shop at Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli.

"However, once back and settled, he again got in touch with ISIS handlers over Internet and was planning to collect explosives and precursor chemicals from Sivakasi at their instance.

"He had traveled to Chennai, Coimbatore and other places to meet other local contacts in the conspiracy, collect money and procure explosives for terrorist acts as guided and motivated by ISIS handlers," the NIA said.
Subahani Haja Moideen originally hails from Maliyekkal House, Market Road, Thodupuzha in Kerala's Idukki district, NIA said in the press release.
Subahani, who lived in Thodapuzha for over 20 years, had developed contacts with some persons with links with ISIS. He fled Thodapuzha after the NIA arrested some of his associates there and went to Tirunelveli. He had been residing at Kadayanallur in Tirunelveli.

Ten Keralites returned after undergoing IS training


Kochi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confirmed that ten Malayalee youngsters who had undergone combat training at Jihadist camps in Iraq and Syria, have returned to Kerala during the past one year.

The central agency received vital information regarding their involvement in terror-related activities during the interrogation of Subahani Haja Moideen, who allegedly radicalized and recruited several Malayalees to ISIS.

Intelligence agencies were aware of the network which aimed to indoctrinate and recruit Keralites to the terror organization, but until the arrest of Subahani, they had no information about their return to India after undergoing training in the conflict zones of Syria and Iraq.

Subahani, who is currently being interrogated by the NIA, revealed that he and several youngsters from India, including the ten Keralites, were part of a terror gang which was assigned to take on armed forces in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
The Islamic State which took over Mosul after the fall of the Saddam Hussein regime, went on a drive to recruit youth from India and other south Asian countries when Iraqi forces launched a fresh military operation to recapture the key town north of Baghdad from them.

Subahani, who returned to India last year, revealed to the interrogators that the youth were forced to flee Mosul after security forces intensified operations to retake the city.
However, NIA received substantial evidence to prove that they had returned to India much before Iraqi and Kurdish forces inflicted heavy losses on terror outfits operating in Mosul.
It is assumed that the youth were recruited and given arms training as part of the IS’s propaganda to spread its activities in South Asia.

There are reports that former members of the embattled Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its sympathizers have also been recruited by the ISIS in the recent times.
The intelligence agencies, which could not ascertain the exact reason for Malayalee youths opting to join the ISIS, said that most of the recruits from Kerala live outside the state after returning from Syria or Iraq and they continue to maintain no contact with their family members back home.

Subahani brought to Thodupuzha amid alleged security lapses

Monday 10 October 2016 04:49 PM IST




Thodupuzha: The National Investigation Agency brought Subahani Haja Moideen to Thodupuzha for collecting evidences related to his activities. Subahani is believed to be an IS activist who had returned home after receiving weapons training in foreign camps.
Subahani was taken to his house at about 11.30 am by a five-member NIA team led by SP Shaukat Ali. They went in while Subahani was asked to wait in a vehicle outside his house. Then two brothers of the accused were called and information was collected from them. His brothers claimed that they did not have any connection with the accused for the past three years. The team also visited the room that was used by Subahani when he stayed in the house.

The NIA also collected more information from his family which had migrated to Thodupuzha from Tirunelveli for expanding their textile business. Meanwhile, as people started mobbing the vehicle in which Subahani was seated, the vehicle was moved into a nearby compound of a business establishment and gates were closed. Further formalities were completed in the presence of the accused in the house.
When he was brought out from the house, BJP-RSS activists shouted slogans against him. As there were only four policemen to control the crowd, NIA officials had a tough time taking him back.

Meanwhile it has been alleged that the police failed to provide adequate security to Subahani when he was taken to his house for interrogation. The police said that it did not receive any formal request for security from the NIA. Top officials said that the NIA gave them only a five-minute notice and so an SI and other officials in the control room were assigned to provide security cover. A police team that was sent to provide extra cover was late to the scene and the NIA had already left by then, the local police said.

Startling revelation: Keralite ISIS operative 'knew Paris bombers'

Monday 24 October 2016 12:41 PM IST


New Delhi: Subahani Haja Moideen, an Indian with Kerala roots who is alleged to be an Islamic State (ISIS) operative, knew the terrorists who carried out the attack inside a theater in Paris last November killing over 100 people but has feigned ignorance about the deadly plot, it has emerged from investigations.

After reaching Istanbul, he crossed over along with other people who hailed from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under control of ISIS.
That is the period during which Moideen claimed that he had met Paris bombers including Abdelhamid Abaaoud and Salah Abdeslam, the sources said.
While Abaaoud was killed in retaliatory fire during the Paris theater attack in November last year, Abdelslam is in the custody of French police.

Moideen had returned to India in November and he said he came to know about the Paris attack through news and remembered his meetings with the accused in ISIS controlled Iraq and Syria, the sources said. The NIA has informed the French security officials and contacted its Embassy here, the sources said, adding this was done hoping that it would lend any help in their investigation.

They said that French officials could question him as well after getting the requisite court order. According to the multi-country investigation into the French terror strikes, the accused involved in the gruesome killings were in ISIS-controlled areas at the same time when Moideen was there.

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