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Sri Lanka Police arrests wished handler of 4 ISIS suspects detained in India

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Gujarat ATS arrests 4 ISIS terrorists, at Ahmedabad airport in Ahmedabad on Monday. All 4 accused are Sri Lankan nationals.
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Sri Lanka has arrested the suspected handler of 4 of its nationals who have been arrested at Ahmedabad airport in India for his or her alleged hyperlinks with the banned Islamic State (ISIS) outfit.

The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) within the island nation arrested 46-year-old Pushparaja Osman on Friday in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Police not too long ago introduced a money award of Rs. 2 million for any credible info on his whereabouts. Police had issued a wished discover and a video of him in search of info from the general public.

The CID arrested him and he was believed to have made phone contact with the 4 individuals arrested on the Ahmedabad airport, the police stated.

The Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad arrested 4 Sri Lankans with hyperlinks to ISIS on the airport in Ahmedabad. The 4 males took an Indigo flight from Colombo to Chennai on May 19.

Commenting on the investigations to date, police spokesperson Nihal Thalduwa stated Sri Lanka Police have been nonetheless unable to confirm that the 4 are linked to the fear outfit. “If that they had promoted the ISIS ideology in Sri Lanka, it’s but to be established,” he stated.

Last month, the Sri Lankan authorities launched a high-powered operation to investigate the four Sri Lankans arrested in Gujarat.

The authorities say they would take no chances with possible ISIS activities on the island nation after the 2019 Easter Sunday attack that killed over 270 people.

The investigations focused on whether the local jihadi group, which carried out the attack, was having links with ISIS at the time.

Among the arrested individuals in Gujarat, Mohammed Nusrat is a businessman involved in importing telecommunication devices and electrical equipment from countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, and Dubai.

Nusrat operated within Colombo where he sold these imported goods.

Mohammad Nafran, 27, who was also arrested, has been identified as the son of the first wife of Niyas Naufer aka ‘Potta Naufer’, the notorious underworld criminal who was sentenced to death for the killing of High Court Judge Sarath Ambepitiya.

The other two Sri Lankans are 35-year-old Mohammad Faris and 43-year-old Mohammad Rashdeen, both from Colombo.

Faris had worked as a cart puller in Pettah and was arrested by the Colombo Crimes Division on March 11, 2023, and November 1 of the same year.

On May 21, his close associate Hameed Amir was arrested by the Terrorist Investigations Division. Mr. Faris left for India on May 19.

The different suspect is Mohammad Rashdeen, a driver. Security forces suspect that he’s linked to trafficking crystal meth or ICE.

On September 16, 2022, Rashdeen was arrested and later launched on bail.

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