Police Arrest Two More Men Linked to ISIS in Kerala

The men had been deported to India by the Turkish police while they were trying to get into Syria.

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An ISIS supporter. 

Kerala Police on Thursday arrested two men who allegedly have links with the Islamic State (ISIS) in the Kannur region. The arrest comes just one day after the police arrested three of their compatriots also suspected of having links with the terrorist organisation.

Three men suspected of having links with terror group Islamic State (IS) were arrested in Kannur in Kerala on Wednesday. They are being questioned by a team led by Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police PP Sadanandan.

The DSP told the media that the men had been deported to India by the Turkish police while they were trying to cross into Syria.

Midhilash Munderi, Razaq and Rashid Munderi are the three men who were arrested on Wednesday. They all hail from Kannur district.
PP Sadanandan, DSP, Kannur

According to the police, the five had completed three-month training in Istanbul and were trying to cross the Syrian border.

Police will present the men before a local court and seek permission for custodial interrogation.

The men belong to Chakarakal and Valappattanam regions in the district. According to local media reports, the police had been closely watching these people who had left Kerala a few months ago.

In October last year, five alleged Islamic State sympathisers who had held a meeting in Kanakamala of Kannur district were arrested by the NIA. Later, on the basis of information gathered from their questioning, another person was also arrested from Kozhikode district. It was after 21 people went missing in 2016 and allegedly went to Syria and Afghanistan to join Islamic state, that the roots that the Islamic State had in Kerala was revealed.


(With inputs from The News Minute)

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