According to a report prepared by the intelligence agencies, nearly 150 Indian youths, mostly from South India, are believed to be attracted to the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and sympathetic to the group’s activities, reports First Post on November 19.
“Most of them are in regular contact with some ISIS activists through online. Hence, we have kept all them under surveillance of security forces,” an unnamed official said. Among those who are currently fighting for ISIS include two youth from Kalyan in the outskirts of Mumbai (Maharashtra), an Australia-based Kashmiri, one youth from Telangana, one from Karnataka, one Oman-based Indian and another Singapore-based Indian.
Among the six Indians, who fought alongside ISIS and got killed were three Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists, including Sultan Ajmer Shah and Bada Sajid, who had joined its ranks after being in Pakistan, two from Maharashtra and one from Telangana, the report said.