Karipur: As the last Islamic State (IS) territory in Syria is destroyed, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has developed plans to trap the IS terrorists who are likely to return to their native places. The NIA has received information that 327 persons including Keralites have left India to join IS within the past few years.
Most of them are said to have left the country through Abu Dhabi module from where majority of the recruitments to IS were made. The major recruiting agent Karnataka Bhatkal native Riyaz was killed in Syria a month ago. With this, the Keralites and others who joined IS are struggling for help. The only option before them is either to get killed or to return to native land. It is learnt that they are trying to return to India by reaching Abu Dhabi or Qatar from Syria via Turkey.
As per the information received by NIA, only 75-90 people who left the country to join IS remain there. NIA has handed over their details to emigration departments in various airports. Some of these persons including people from Kannur are suspected to have reached Nangarhar in Afghanistan via Pakistan and Iran. Among them, 24 persons were killed in a bomb attack by America. NIA has warned Afghan government that some IS followers including Malayalis are likely to reach there to join them.
NIA suspects that Koduvally native Shaibu Nihar (39) who was nabbed at Kozhikode the other day had left the country to join IS in 2015. It has been proved that he had attempted to recruit more persons and raise funds. He went to Qatar from Syria before returning to India. As the officials received secret information regarding his arrival, they nabbed him at the airport. NIA has collected from him the details of more people who are planning to return to India.