French team investigating 2015 Paris attack reaches Kerala, will interrogate suspected Islamic State terrorist

Kochi: A five-member team from a French investigation agency on Wednesday arrived in Kochi to interrogate an alleged Islamic State terror operative in connection with the 2015 Paris blasts, and held discussions with the NIA, which will facilitate the three-day questioning session at a jail in Kerala.

File photo of the rescue operations after the terror attack in 2015. Reuters

File photo of the rescue operations after the terror attack in 2015. Reuters

The team from the French anti-terror agency will be in Kerala till Friday to interrogate Subahani Haja Moideen, a resident of Thodupuzha, at the Central jail in Thrissur district. "The five-member team from a French anti-terror investigation agency met us at Kochi today," a top National Investigation Agency (NIA) official told PTI.

He said the team arrived in the country after an NIA court in Kochi granted them permission to interrogate Subahani, currently lodged in Viyyur Central jail. "They will visit Thrissur and meet the accused Subahani at Viyyur Central Prison, as permitted by the court, from 5 to 7 December," the official said.

The NIA probe revealed that Subahani knew the terrorists who carried out the attack inside a theatre in Paris in 2015, killing over 100 people, but has feigned ignorance about the plot.

He was arrested from Tamil Nadu in 2016 in a crackdown by the NIA with the help of central security agencies and other state police, foiling designs of Islamic State operatives to target some judges of Kerala and foreign tourists visiting the coastal state.

Subahani, picked up from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, was radicalised and recruited into the terror outfit through social media platforms. He left India for Istanbul from Chennai in April 2015 on the pretext of performing the Umrah-Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca.

After reaching Istanbul, he had crossed over with other people from Pakistan and Afghanistan to Iraqi territory under control of the terrorists, officials said.

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Updated Date: Dec 06, 2018 08:21:29 IST

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