Chennai: A day after National Investigating Agency (NIA) arrested six persons from Kerala, who are believed to have joined the Islamic State (ISIS), the probe agency on Monday detained another person from Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli area.
The NIA detained the person after interrogating the six ISIS members.
The NIA on Sunday arrested six persons from Kerala for allegedly plotting terror attacks in the country during the agency's ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 21 people from the state who are believed to have joined the ISIS.
Those arrested have been identified as Manseed alias Omar Al Hindi, Abu Basheer alias Rashid, Swalih Mohammed T alias Yousuf, Safwan P, Jasim NK and Ramshad Nageelan Kandiyil alias Aaamu from two districts of Kerala.
NIA was assisted by police personnel from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana during the operations.
An NIA spokesman said that acting on specific information, its teams along with police from Kerala, Delhi and Telangana tracked the movement of the accused.
The searches were conducted after credible information was received that some youth from Kerala and Tamil Nadu along with their accomplices have entered into a criminal conspiracy to commit terrorist acts by collecting explosives and other offensive material for targeting important persons and places of public importance in various parts of south lndia, sources said.
The NIA has already registered a case in connection with the 21 missing youths from Kerala who are believed to have joined ISIS terror group in Afghanistan and later moved to Syria and some other countries.