Intelligence agencies have confirmed that a Muslim youth from Palakkad in Kerala, who had gone to Qatar two years ago, has joined the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.
He had briefly worked with a newspaper run by a right-wing Muslim group in Kerala before moving to Qatar where he got the job of an accountant. “He disappeared since then and is believed to be in Syria,” said sources.
Sources said they didn’t want to reveal his name to protect the identity of his family, who had tried to dissuade him from joining IS.
Sources at the newspaper said the youth had worked with them for a short period as a DTP operator. “A graduate, he sometimes contributed local news for the daily. But after nearly four months, he left for Doha. He was not directly associated with the daily but he may have sent some local news while working in Doha too. We tried to contact him later, but couldn’t do so,” said a source at the newspaper.
Intelligence sources said several youths from Kerala supported the IS on social media platforms. “Most of the pro-IS Facebook accounts of Malayalees are operated from Gulf countries. The Gulf countries are dealing with those who support IS on social media. We have inputs that Saudi Arabia and UAE acted tough against a few persons from Kerala who had supported the IS on social media,’’ said sources.