• publish: 13 September 2016
  • time: 1:04 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 4418
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Twenty two missing Indian nationals have joined ISIS in Afghanistan

Twenty two Indian nationals accused of leaving India to join the Islamic State are learnt to have reached “the caliphate” in Afghanistan in the first week of July, officials said.

ISIS sympathizer the 29-year-old Yasmin was arrested at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport while trying to exit India for Afghanistan on August 1.

She informed investigators that thirteen of the missing were men, six women and three children, and “they had left their houses in Kasaragod and Palakkad districts of Kerala between mid-May and the first week of July.”

Citing Yasmin’s statement, a National Investigation Agency (NIA) official, close to the investigation, told IANS that all of the missing Keralites had “exited India from Bengaluru, Hyderabad or Mumbai airports for Kuwait, Dubai, Muscat or Abu Dhabi from where they are learnt to have travelled to Afghanistan through Iran.”

Yasmin also informed investigators that her husband Rashid used to send videos and messages to her on Telegram — a messaging app — in support of “the caliphate and Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi”.

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