NIA arrests 2 Islamic State sympathisers in Hyderabad

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ISISThe National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two Islamic State sympathisers as a part of its probe into Islamic State (IS) module, which the agency had busted in Hyderabad last month.

The IS sympathisers have been identified as Mohammed Ataullah Rehman, 30, and Syed Naimathullah Hussaini, 42. The latter is the chief of the Hyderabad module, while the former is a motivator who raised funds. The duo was arrested on July 11. They were produced before the NIA special court on July 12, said NIA sources. The funds apparently were for aiding the five youth arrested by the agency last month. 

The NIA had busted an IS module on June 29 and detained 11 youths during search operations  in the old Hyderabad. Five of those detained were arrested. They include Mohammed Iliyas Yazdani, 24, his brother Mohammed Ibrahim Yazdani, 29, Habib Mohammed, 32, Mohammed Irfan alias Yaqais, 26, and Abdullah Bin Ahmed Al Amoodi alias Fahad, 30. 

In its remand report, the NIA said the five accused had obtained weapons and explosive material to carry out violent attacks and were in touch with ISIS. The NIA has also seized two semi-automatic pistols with ammunition, an air gun with a telescopic sight and shooting practice target boards, a large number of digital gadgets, including six laptops, 40 mobile phones and 32 SIM cards among others.

Rehman and Hussaini were among those six who were detained. They were plotting to commit terror acts across the country, especially public places, religious sites and sensitive government buildings, and were being guided by an online handler based in Iraq/Syria.