Arrested IS operative Moinudheen Parakadavath, a resident of Kasargod, has told the National Investigative Agency that members of the local IS module wanted to target several Hindu leaders, Ahmadiyya mosques and Jamaat-e-Islami Hind. Moinudheen has contacts with 22 IS activists, including women and children who travelled to Afghanistan. What cause their ire was Ahmadiyya leaders and Jamaat-e-Islami have condemned IS activities.

Moinudheen was deported from Abu Dhabi on February 14. According to him, there are many online groups of IS in Kerala and the members would regularly discuss their targets in India. In one of the conversations in a closed IS group on `Telegram' channel, `Bab Al Noor' of which Moinudheen too was a member, he said someone posted details of a Jamaat-e-Islami programme to be held in Kochi last year where Rahul Eashwar, a Hindu orator, was invited as a speaker.

According to a Times of India report, Moinudheen has told interrogators: "One person suggested that we should target such events. I suggested that Kochi Jewish temple is also close to the venue. Someone suggested that we should use a bike to carry out the attack. But I suggested that we should use a tipper lorry for the attack." About the missing 22 persons from Kerala, who are now said to be in Nangarhar in Afghanistan, Moinudheen said while he tried to reach IS territory via Tehran in June 2016, he met five of them on the Iraq border.