Coimbatore | Jagran News Desk: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday conducted raids at seven locations in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore over a suspected link between as Islamic State (ISIS) module and the Easter bombings in Sri Lanka, which claimed over 250 lives.

The leader of the ISIS module was found to be friends with the Zahran Hashim, the alleged mastermind of Sri Lanka blasts, on Facebook.

Searches are being held in Anbu Nagar, Podanur, and Kuniyamuthur areas of the city, along with other places. Raids, which began at 7 am today, are currently underway. 

A two-member NIA team headed by an Inspector General had left for Colombo last month to coordinate with the Sri Lankan authorities in the investigation into the attacks.

The team held discussions with the authorities in the neighbouring country over claims that some terrorists, owning allegiance to the ISIS, had travelled to India, including Kashmir.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited Sri Lanka on Sunday and pledged solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka as he made an unscheduled visit to the St Anthony's church, one of the sites of the horrific Easter Sunday attacks, and paid tributes to the victims.

"I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again. Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka," said Modi, the first foreign leader to visit Sri Lanka after the Easter attacks on April 21.

Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa, and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in the country's deadliest violence since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta