A blast struck the front of the 239-room hotel along the Arabian Sea, west of the port city’s downtown, sending thick black smoke rising over it for hours as sirens wailed.
WhatsApp group of 150 maulanas created to devise strategy to prevent radicalisation of youths.
The monumental arch sat atop the famed colonnaded streets of the ancient city, which linked the Roman Empire to Persia.
A string of posts on Wednesday night from a Twitter account believed to be operated by Fahad Shaikh claimed to reveal the “truth about Areeb Majeed, an Indian IS martyrdom operator”.
Muhammad Shamin Mohamed Sidek, 29, and Muhammad Harith Jailani, 18, were detained without trial under the country’s Internal Security Act in separate cases, the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement.
President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that six French warplanes hit an IS training camp near Deir Ezzor city, and that more strikes could follow in the coming weeks.
The move comes shortly after ten Kerala youths were sent back from the UAE for allegedly sharing IS propaganda on social media.
This is the first time that the ISIS has claimed responsibility of an attack in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.
The Interior Ministry said those targeted in the raid belonged to an affiliate of the extremist Islamic State group linked to an attack in Abha, 560 kilometers (350 miles) south of Mecca.
As routes into Syria via its 500-mile border with Turkey have become further restricted, the women have advertised the journey to Libya as the easiest way of joining the IS.
Rajnath said there was no need to worry about IS in the country. While admitting that terrorism was a challenge, the home minister said India would tackle it.
Hollande’s office said that “France has hit Syria” based on information from French reconnaissance flights sent earlier this month. It did not provide further details.
Despite Pentagon reports that coalition strikes have killed about 10,000 ISIS fighters, the group continues to replenish its ranks, drawing an average of about 1,000 fighters a month, the report said.
Prime Minister Modi said the only way to combat international terrorism and the menace of organisations like Islamic State was to have a global response.
Omar Hussain, dubbed the “Supermarket Jihadi” owing to his former job as a security guard at a UK supermarket, made the comment in a Q&A session on his blog.