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Two Indian-origin recruiters working for ISIS, al-Qaeda: Officials

The discovery of the Indian-origin recruiters was confirmed by multiple agencies involved in tracking terrorism.

Written by Johnson T A | Bangalore | Updated: September 22, 2014 9:29 am

Inestigations in Jaipur and Hyderabad into recent attempts by global jihadi outfits to recruit Indian youths has revealed the presence of at least two Indian-origin recruiters on the Internet luring youths on behalf of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or IS) and al-Qaeda, and working in collaboration with each other.

Former Bhatkal native Abdul Khader Sultan Armar, 38, who is believed to be currently based on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and associated with the Ansar ul-Tawhid ul-Hind has emerged as a common al-Qaeda-linked recruiter in both the Jaipur and Hyderabad investigations.

Besides, a former SIMI man from Karnataka currently said to be based in the Gulf region has been identified as a recruiter for the ISIS and as the one who recently attempted to recruit four Hyderabad youths via the Internet. Sources said he has been found to be in touch online with several youths from India.

The discovery of the two Indian-origin recruiters was confirmed by sources in multiple agencies involved in tracking terrorism. It was Armar who recently made a call to Indians to join global jihad in an Ansar ul-Tawhid online video. Armar is wanted in India and has an Interpol Red Corner Notice against his name in connection with a grand terrorism conspiracy case booked against him and other members of the Indian Mujahideen outfit by the National Investigation Agency.

However, the alleged IS recruiter has not been named in any recent case in India. His name had featured in investigations into activities of the banned SIMI in Karnataka in 2007, but he had not been booked, sources said.

“The emergence of a former SIMI-linked man from Karnataka in the Hyderabad probe into recruitments for the IS is a concern. It is being examined,” a senior Karnataka Police official said.

In the Hyderabad case, the four youths, all engineering students in their early 20s, were detained in West Bengal allegedly in the process of leaving India to join the ISIS.

The Jaipur case involved three youths — Mohammed Mahruf, 21, Mohammed Waqar Azhar alias Haneef, 21, both engineering students and residents of Jaipur, and Shaquib Ansari alias Khalid, 25, a DTP business operator and a resident of Jodhpur — who were arrested on March 23 for alleged terror links.

Investigations following the arrest of the three revealed that they were allegedly lured into taking up jihad by Sultan Armar, who first established contact with them on Facebook via a fake identity, before drawing them into password-protected forums for further discussions including video chat.

The three Rajasthan youths were reportedly then put in touch with alleged Indian Mujahideen operative Tehseen Akhtar alias Monu. It was Akhtar’s arrest that led investigating agencies to them.

Investigators allege that the four Hyderabad youths were initially handled online by the Karnataka-origin ex-SIMI man based in the Gulf.
According to officials, six youths from Hyderabad were first contacted online and “brainwashed” on encrypted discussion forums into signing up for the ISIS. Visas were to be arranged for their travel via Istanbul, sources said. Two of the youths reportedly dropped out after their parents got wind of their sons’ plans.

Later, a person who was to arrange visas to Turkey for the youths backed out, triggering panic among the remaining four too. According to sources, the four youths then went into hiding in Karimnagar district of Telangana and contacted the ISIS recruiter again to find out what to do. The former Karnataka SIMI man allegedly asked them to get in touch with Armar.

Officials say the four spoke to Armar via Skype, and that he appeared without a mask — unlike in his Ansar ul-Tawhid videos.
Armar allegedly directed the four Hyderabad youths to go to West Bengal, assuring them that they would be taken to Dhaka, and further from there by his associates.

The four youths were, however, caught in the Malda region of West Bengal by the Hyderabad police before they could cross over to Bangladesh. They were brought back to Hyderabad and handed over to their parents. No case was booked against the youths and their names were not publicised in an effort to instill confidence among families to report youths misled by jihadist recruiters.

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    Morpheus
    Sep 23, 2014 at 3:59 am
    Every religion proclaims that they are holy, divine etc, andone has to follow these for the well being. But the truth is - it’s theopposite. God never made any religion. It is those satanic narrowminded people who created religion for their own selfish gains in the name ofgod. If god needs people to follow a particular religion, he could have easily embedded this into one’s own mind so that one would have born with it. So there won’t be any need for a particular external book (and people would have stopped fighting over this). It is the Satan disguised as God that needs these holy books . If god made us, we definitely has his message and we understand that through our sense of morality, justice etc. And what about religion, it works against these. It justdisguises itself as it is more peaceful. We have countless examples – many were burnt at stake for speaking the truth just because it went against religious beliefs, ISIS militants, religious but unethical political chiefs etc. These militants and other chiefs are religious, but where is their sense of morality, sense of justice?Additionally, in every religious book there are many false doctrines and much more utter stupidities. How can this be if it was divine?We have madras were people are thought religious intolerance and hatred. They sow the seeds for tomorrow’s (or perhaps todays) terror.Religion is Satan’s weapon – it is Satanic. We are more closer to god without religion than with religion.
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      Sudhir
      Sep 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm
      Why Muslims in India are faithful to other country? Muslims can never live in peace. Muslims always set a bad example of violence &hatred.
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        Sudhir
        Sep 23, 2014 at 4:01 pm
        Why Muslimsin Indiaare faithful to other country? ????????WHY Muslims NEVER issues fatwa against suchacts???????????...................According to Sharia law, they should bestoned to death...............They want everything as per Muslimlaw...........but punishment for crimes they do not want Sharia law...............Muslimsin IND should be punished as per Sharia law.........cut there hand fortheft…….stone them to death if involved in criminal activities………….
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          S.Gonesh
          Sep 22, 2014 at 1:45 pm
          Hindustan can not be allowed as breeding place for allah-terrorists.Their nationality must be taken away together of their familiesdia can sit and wait what criminals are doing. Attackand kill them at the spot.
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          1. Bob Willis
            Sep 22, 2014 at 2:03 pm
            The Govt. needs to watch these boys closely, their every move, who they meet, where they go etc. - chances are that being young blooded, they will try to repeat their misadventure. Use their pwords, their access to sites, information and leads so that law enforcement is always one step ahead of these thugs.
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