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Terror group behind Sri Lanka bombing wanted separate Islamic confederate in region

Similarly, the Sri Lanka link was found by NIA in its 33/2016 FIR lodged in Coimbatore. In this case, six IS suspects — Mohammed Ashiq A, Ismail S, Samsudeen, Mohammed Salauddin S, Jafar Shadik Ali and Shahul Hameed have been named. They were in touch with Hashim and videos recovered from them gave a hint to agencies about a big terror plan in Sri Lanka, investigators claimed.The NIA is now is re-examining documents and evidence collected by it while probing IS modules in the southern states to see if Hashim had radicalised other Indian IS members as well. The central agency has so far arrested over 70 IS members since 2014 from different states but maximum number of youngsters influenced by IS ideology are from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The IS on Tuesday owned up the Easter Sunday bombing in the island nation that killed more than 350 people. Indian Central agencies responsible for countering the influence of Islamic State in India have found that Sri Lanka-based National Towheed Jama’at (NTJ), a Tamil Nadu-based outfit and some people from Kerala were in regular touch for over a year to create a “separate Islamic confederation” in the region, a counterterrorism official claimed, the Hindustan Times reported.The official, however, said the Tamil Nadu-based organisation doesn’t seem to be involved in Sri Lanka attacks but it was in touch with radical elements, an angle which needs to be probed further. The National Investigation Agency had claimed last year that over a dozen IS recruits from Tamil Nadu and Kerala had either travelled to Sri Lanka to get radical Islamic lessons before moving to Islamic State-held territory in Nangarhar province (Afghanistan) or were in touch with Hashim for Jehadi activities, as first reported by HT.Those who travelled to Sri Lanka include Ashfak Majeed from Kasargod (went to Sri Lanka in February 2016 along with his wife and daughter), Abdul Rashid Abdulla from Kozhikode (went to SL with his wife and daughter in 2016) and Palakkad resident Bestin Vincent who left with his wife in December 2015. They all were investigated by NIA following a first information report (FIR) number 04/2016 was registered in Mumbai. The NTJ was led by Maulvi Zahran Bin Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sunday attacks. He blew himself up at Shangri La hotel in Colombo, primary investigations have revealed. The Indian agencies are also working on a Bangladeshi link to the-IS inspired modules that have tried or are trying to establish a base in south India. read more

UK weather June expected to be wettest on record as Met Office

He added: “The latest wet and wild weather over the weekend now means that we make it odds on to be the wettest on record.”Whilst we should get a warm summer overall it’s impossible to ignore the regular rain and we are taking bets on Wimbledon this year.”  “Heavy and persistent rain will continue for many, particularly across the east with thundery showers, especially in the south. “The driest and brightest weather will be found across the northwest. It will be often cool and windy across the country.”He added said that from Tuesday the rain will move to north east England and the West Midlands – but will last until Thursday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. With British temperatures recently rivalling the Mediterranean, it may have seemed that summer had firmly arrived. But June is now odds on to be the wettest on record, with yellow weather warnings issued for the coming week and the country set to be deluged by heavy rain. England is expected to see four days of rain, as forecasters at the Met Office warn of potential floods across the south east.Meteorologists claimed that 20 hours of continual downpours could be seen on Monday.Simon Partridge, of the Met Office, said: “There’s potential for floods anywhere east from Oxfordshire, extending down to the coast. “There’s weather warnings from Monday to Wednesday and starting from 4am, there will be 20 hours of rain in some places.”The downpours across southern England mean that around a month’s worth of rainfall could fall within 24 hours on Monday.Mr Partridge said: “Across this region we could see 40-60mm of rain and about 14-15 degrees Celsius on Monday, but it will feel colder due to rain.”England will see showers for much of the week. Scotland, in particular the west coast, will have the best of the weather for a change, with up to 18 degrees. strong wet weather Mr Partridge said: “It is unusual that the weather is coming in from the south east – it’s very slow moving and won’t just fizzle out.”This week will see potential highs of just 66.2F (19C), a marked shift from the 82.4F (28C) heat seen in London on June 3.   Bookmakers have said that 2019 could be the wettest year on record, whilst odds were 25-1 for it to rain on each day of Wimbledon. “We’re getting towards the half way point of June now and it’s been an incredibly wet month so far,” said Coral’s Harry Aitkenhead. read more