Kottayam: The arrest of five suspected Islamic State (ISIS) recruits from Kannur has shed light on more information on people from the state who have links with banned terror outfit, say media reports.
The police have released details of five more youths believed to be fighting for the terror group in Syria, say media reports. The information was revealed during the interrogation of Hamza Thalasserry, one of the five suspected ISIS recruits taken into custody recently.
The police said all the suspects, aged between 25 and 32, hail from north Kerala and had gone missing from their workplace in the Gulf countries two years ago.
The five people have been identified as Abdul Gayoom, Abdul Manaf, Muhamed Shabeer, Suhail and Saffan, said reports. Gayoom hails from Thechikulam and Saffan from Pappinasserry, while the remaining three are natives of Valapattanam in Kannur district.
Kannur deputy superintendent of police P. P. Sadanandan was quoted as saying that the police had information that the youth were operating in strife-torn areas of Syria. The police said they were yet to understand how they reached Syria, and who funded them.
According to reports, Hamza told the police that his funders were based in Saudi Arabia and Oman. He has reportedly confessed to having sent at least 40 youth to Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan.