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Coastal Kerala on alert after report says IS boat set sail from Lanka

The IS terrorists are headed towards the Lakshadweep Islands; Kerala coast has been on high alert since the Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

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Authorities in coastal areas of Kerala have been put on high alert after an intelligence report said 15 terrorists had set off from for the on boats, police sources said.

Coastal police stations and police chiefs have been alerted about suspicious vessels.

The sources said, though, such alerts are "usual practice", this time they have a specific information about the number of terrorists.

The coastal police department said it has been on alert since May 23 after the intelligence input came from

"We have been on alert since the Sri Lankan attack. We have alerted fishing vessel owners and others venturing into the sea to be cautious," a coastal police department official told PTI.

After the serial bomb blasts in Sri Lanka, Kerala was put on alert, especially after investigations revealed that IS operatives had planned attacks in the state.

Intelligence agencies believe that a considerable number of Keralities still have ties to the IS.

witnessed a deadly terror attack on April 21 when eight blasts rocked the island-nation, killing over 250 people.

The group claimed responsibility for the attack.

First Published: Sun, May 26 2019. 09:40 IST