3 more Azamgarh youth join ISIS
While Mohammad Sajid alias Bada Sajid was killed in Syria last week, Intelligence Bureau officials say that three more IM operatives could be fighting in Syria.
As per Intelligence Bureau reports, Mirza Shahdab Baig, Mohammad Khalid and Junaid are said to have joined the ISIS in Syria.
All these men are said to have done a stint in Afghanistan two years back before moving to Syria, officials have learnt. Each one of them is on the wanted list for a series of blast cases in India.
Who are these three persons?
Mirza Shahdab Baig is wanted by the National Investigating Agency. A resident of Azamgarh, he is wanted in the Jaipur serial blasts. He was in fact one of the core members of the Indian Mujahideen.
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The 1985 born Mirza Khan alias Junaid is also a resident of Azamgarh. He is wanted in the Delhi and Jaipur serial blasts case. He has been absconding since the past five years. He is said to have done a stint with the al-Qaeda in Afghanistan before switching over terror groups and joining the ISIS in Syria.
Mohammad Khalid also a wanted in the Jaipur case is a resident of Azamgarh. He too is said to be along with Baig and Junaid. There is a reward of Rs 10 lakh announced on him and a non bailable warrant too has been issued.
The ISIS path:
It was very clear when IM operative Sultan Armar broke away from the Indian Mujahideen he would rope in several youth from the outfit. Armar who had the support of Yasin Bhatkal went on to float the Ansar-ut-Tawhid which did recruitments of Indian youth for the ISIS.
Sultan Armar however died in Syria two months back while fighting for the ISIS. His job and responsibilities were then taken over by his Shafi Armar. Recently the ISIS media posted a message claiming that three more Indian operatives including Bada Sajid had died in Syria.
According to the Indian Intelligence Bureau there could be around 16 youth who have joined the ISIS. The IB has launched various operations to ensure that the number of Indian youth joining the ISIS is reduced.