Karipur: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) have intensified search for more than 20 suspected IS recruits, including Malayalees, who they believe, might have returned to the country from Syria. Twelve of them are Keralites.
According to information provided by foreign intelligence agencies, the members of the Islamic State’s Bahrain module, who were engaged in militant activities in Syria, have returned to the country.
Most of them found their way back home via Turkey and had used fake passports. NIA has handed over the details of 12 Malayalees to the Kerala Police. Eleven people are from Kannur and Kasaragod regions and one belongs to Malappuram.
A total of 97 Indians were learned to have joined the terror outfit’s Bahrain module. Of them, 67 people migrated to the war-torn regions of Syria. Fifteen of them were killed in various conflicts.
Kerala Police have confirmed the death of Kannur Pappinisseri-natives Shameer, his son Salmaan, Chaladu-native A V Shahanas, Munderi-native Muhammed Shejin, Valapattanam-natives Rishad and Askar Ali.
NIA had earlier apprehended two people –Thodupuzha-native Subhani and Valapattanam-native Mueenudheen-- who had returned after working for IS. Both of them were on a mission to recruit more people to the banned outfit from Kerala.