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NIA on hunt for key ISIS recruiter who ‘lured’ Indian volunteers: report

Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are on the lookout for one Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, son of a truck driver in Kozhikode, and an ISIS recruiter believed to have influenced several people from Kerala

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: October 20, 2016 13:52 IST ]
ISIS man under NIA scanner
Image Source : PTI ISIS man under NIA scanner

Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) are on the lookout for one Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, son of a truck driver in Kozhikode, and an ISIS recruiter believed to have influenced several people from Kerala to join the terror outfit based in Iraq and Syria.

Ever since the NIA arrested six men from Kerala this month for allegedly planning terror attacks in the country, the agency is on the lookout for Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, The Indian Express said in its report.

So far, 67 Indians have joined the ISIS through the diaspora, though the NIA suspect the number could be higher. The men recruited by Abdullah are all educated professionals, some of whom have moved to West Asia with their wives and children, says the report.

Abdullah had returned to Dubai in April after a holiday at home. After reaching his destination, he seemed to have vanished without a trace.

With the imminent fall of its Caliphate in Mosul and Raqqa due to the ongoing offensive by Iraqi and Kurdish forces, Islamic State is asking its Indian volunteers keen on military training to take the Afghanistan route.

The volunteers are being routed to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which has its capital in Jalalabad, reports The Indian Express. The ISIS is reportedly pushing them to stage attacks at home, providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive devices. 

Nangarhar is about as close as you can get to a black hole,” an Indian intelligence official was quoted as saying . “It’s the perfect place to go if you want to disappear

The IS is reportedly pushing them to stage attacks at home, providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive devices. The volunteers are being routed to the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, which has its capital in Jalalabad.

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