Families of 15 Indian missing children fear they have joined IS

Families of 15 Indian missing children fear they have joined IS

Families of 15 Indian missing children fear they have joined IS

Written by Staff Writer

09 Jul, 2016 | 11:12 am

At least 15 men from India’s southern Kerala state are suspected to have joined the powerful Islamic State, fear their family members.

The youths from two families have been missing from Friday, July 08 from their home town in Kasaragod. Family members said they were informed of their children’s likely attachment with the militant organisation by one of their friends.

They have written to state chief, Pinarayi Vijayan, to probe the matter. “We are ready to take him back after proper procedure and verification by the police, otherwise…going to some foreign land to join some militant organisation… we don’t need him here,” said father of one of the missing youths, Hamlin.

Two of the missing youths have been identified as Hafesudheen Theke Koleth and Azees Hussain. Islamic State has struggled to win over recruits in India, which is home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population.

Indian police arrested 29 men last year for establishing bases to recruit men to the Islamist militant group. All men were charged with conspiracy to wage war against the state.

A handful of Indians are also suspected of having travelled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State, where the group is fighting to install an Islamic caliphate.

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