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Aug 26, 2014 at 09:52pm IST

Terror group ISIS using Indian Mujahideen to recruit poor Muslims in Kerala, TN, J&K: Sources

New Delhi: Even as the whole of Iraq and Syria cower under ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) threat, central security agencies in India say that the terror group may be spreading its tentacles in India. Sources told CNN-IBN on Tuesday that the terror outfit, which has already killed thousands in Iraq and Syria in a deadly pursuit to establish an Islamic Caliphate, is recruiting poor Muslims in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir.

The security agencies say that more than 100 Indian men could have already joined the ISIS in Iraq. The terror group is radicalising poor Muslims through online videos, they say.

The sources add that an Indian Mujahideen man wanted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) could be recruiting for the ISIS and that these recruits could be used to strike terror in India once the war in Iraq and Syria ends.

The NIA is currently preparing a dossier on ISIS activities in India.

It all began when four Kalyan boys took a trip to Iraq and then disappeared. Soon similar reports started pouring in from families in Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu. Most disappearences were preceded by a letter begging forgiveness from the family and expressing a desire to join the cause of jihad and fighting to save Islam.

According to the NIA, the recruitment drive has been on for at least a year now.

ISIS is currently fighting in Iraq and Syria but its idea of a greater Islamic Caliphate includes India and several videos exhorting Indian Muslims to join the cause have been uploaded on YouTube.

Investigators say that the man behind the digital mask could be Indian Mujahideen's Sultan Abdul Kadir Armar, a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka.

With recent arrests of Indian Mujahideen terrorists, Indian agencies were upbeat about their fight against terror but the worry now is that if Indians have indeed joined the ISIS, they might use the new techniques and weapons to strike terror in India.

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