Karipur: The NIA has confirmed that the 22 Keralites who went missing from the state and allegedly joined the Islamic State (IS) are in the IS camps at Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan.
The NIA team has received information that more than 30 Keralites are receiving training in these camps.
Intelligence agencies of Afghanisthan have informed the NIA that 1000 to 3000 IS terrorists from various countries are receiving training in these camps in recent times.
The intelligence agencies said that the main recruiting agent of IS in the state and its Kerala chief Shajeer Mangalassery Abdulla alias Sameer Ali is also in the camp.
It has come to light that the origin of the facebook post of Sameeri Ali exhorting Jihad in Kerala is Nangarhar.
IS is trying to shift its headquarters to Afghanisthan after it lost its earlier strongholds of Mosul and Raqqa in Iraq.
Hence, they are sending the new recruits to Afghanisthan. This is suspected to be the reason for Keralites reaching Afghanisthan also.
It is after several months of investigation that the NIA has got a clear picture about the missing Keralites.
Most of the missing Keralites have reached Afghanisthan through Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Several young men and women from Padanna in Kasaragod, Palakkad and Thrikkaripur went missing under mysterius circumstances in the months of May and June last year.
Investigating officials received information that Thrikaripur native Abdul Rashid recruited them to IS centres. The turning point of the case came when Rashid's second wife Yasmin Mubarak, a native of Bihar, was arrested in August. The NIA, which took over the investigation of the case in September found that the main accused in the case is Kozhikode native Mangalassery Sajeer Abdullah.