NIA arrests Hyderabad ISIS module chief Yasir Niamatullah and Athaullah Rehman

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The ongoing investigations being conducted by the National Investigation Agency has led to the arrest of two more suspected ISIS sympathisers from Hyderabad. The number of arrests is now 7.

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The NIA had last month arrested 5 persons from Hyderabad for alleged links with the ISIS. The arrested persons are Yasir Niamatullah and Athaullah Rehman. The NIA accuses them of raising funds.

“Yasir Niamatullah, chief of Hyderabad module, and Athaullah Rehman, a motivator who raised funds, have been arrested by NIA from here,” sources in Telangana Intelligence Department said.

“They are being produced in court on Tuesday,” they said.

Five youths were arrested two weeks and six others including a techie were detained by NIA from the city. The agency said it busted a “terror module” that is suspected to be linked to the Islamic State (IS) group after conducting searches at different locations in the old city in Hyderabad. Some graduates were among those detained after the searches, the agency said.

NIA sources have revealed that the accused have used encrypted email service to evade police surveillance.

The prime accused, Ibrahim Yazdani, had used an encrypted email service provided by tutanota.com to stay below the police surveillance radar while communicating with Syria based handler, suspected to be Shafi Armar.

“The handler has emailed Ibrahim the co-ordinates of places where weapons and chemicals required to make an IED were to be collected,” said an NIA source.

One of the five suspects, Fahad had procured 9 Aircel pre-activated SIM cards from a promotional temporary stall at Charminar bus stop in Hyderabad. He had also purchased 5 mobile phones from a mobile shop at Charminar bus stop for their planning and operations.

NIA had earlier detained 11 youth during searches at 10 places in the old city of Hyderabad.

However, only five of them including Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, 30, Habeeb Mohammed, 32, Mohammed Ilyas Yazdani, 24, Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi 30 and Muzaffar Hussain Rizwan, 29, were arrested.

The NIA sleuths also recovered from the youths weapons, ammunition, urea, acid, some chemicals, electronic gadgets and other incriminating material besides Rs 15 lakh in cash from their possession, officials of National Investigation Agency (NIA) and Hyderabad Police said, adding the youths were working at the behest of IS handlers.