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French police arrives in Kerala to interrogate IS suspect in 2015 Paris attacks

Kochi: A team of French police officers has arrived in Kerala to question a Thodupzuha native in connection with the Paris attack that left 130 dead. The suspect Subahani Haja Moideen, is an undertrial in the custody of India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA).

“Moideen is understood to have links to an accused in the Paris attack,” Kerala intelligence chief TK Vinod Kumar said.

The French team, along with one of its envoys, arrived here late on Tuesday and has left for Viyyur jail in Thrissur, where Moideen is housed.

“The Kerala Police have no involvement in this, as this case is being handled here by the NIA,” he said.

This is probably for the first time that an European probe agency is questioning an Indian prisoner in connection with a terrorist attack in a foreign country.

The November 2015 Paris attack was a series of coordinated terrorist attacks that left 130 dead and over 400 injured. According to the NIA, Moideen is believed to have been trained in Syria along with Belgium-born French national Salah Abdeslam, one of the prime accused arrested in the Paris attack.

Moideen, 33, was residing in Tirunelveli district, Tamil Nadu, when he was arrested by the NIA in 2016 for joining and supporting the activities of the Islamic State terror group. He had reportedly undergone arms training under the IS.

According to the NIA, Moideen was taken to Mosul in Iraq, where he underwent combat training. On completion of combat training, including training in automated weapons, he reportedly was sent to the war zone in Mosul in the IS-held territory.

(With IANS inputs)

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