3:24 pm - Wednesday January 24, 2018

16 Keralites missing, relatives suspect they may have joined Islamic State .

Thiruvananthapuram: 16 Keralite youths including women are reported to be missing from Kasargod and Palakkad districts in the state for the last one month. As no information about the youths have surfaced since the past one month, relatives suspect that the youth might have gone to Syria or Iraq to join the terrorist organization Islamic state.


According to a report in Hindustan Times,  the relatives of the youth informed the media organization that the sixteen youths went to Syria and they suspect that the youth joined Islamic state.  Among the missing youth, there are four women, two children, a  doctor and an engineer.


The report says that the youths left the country on the pretext of going on a pilgrimage and their cell phones are switched off presently.A close relative of one of youths missing from Kasargod told this newspaper that the  youth had left home on May 28 for Kozhikode where he used to go frequently for Islamic  studies. However, he later informed that he was going to Sri Lanka for study. “Earlier this week we received some messages with a jihadi tone and supporting IS from him, which triggered the suspicions that he joined IS. Since the messages were being sent through an Internet based communication software, we can’t trace their location or can’t even call them back,” said Salam, a relative.


The missing youth are natives of Trikaripur and nearby places of Kasargod district. All the youth are in the age-group of 20-30.It may be recalled that many youths hailing from north Kerala were deported from Gulf countries last year following their suspected acquaintance with IS cadres. There were also strongly suspected attempts to recruit cadres to IS though social media campaigns.

News input : Mathrubhumi , deccanchronicle

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