Five men from Kannur fighting for IS in Syria: police

Five men from Kannur fighting for IS in Syria: police

Police in Kannur on Thursday released details of five men from the district believed to be fighting for the Islamic State (IS) in Syria.

The men were identified as Abdul Qayyum, Abdul Manaf, Shabeer, Suhail and Safwan.

Kannur Deputy Superintendent of Police P P Sadanandan said the five men were from different parts of the district.

"They are stationed in Syria. Cases were registered on 15 men from the district having links with the IS. While five others have been reported dead, five were arrested last week," Sadanandan told DH.

On October 25 and 26, police had arrested five suspected IS operatives from the district Rashid M V, Abdul Razzaq, Mithilaj K C, Manaf and Hamza who is believed to have functioned as a recruiter to the terrorist outfit.

Rashid, Razzaq and Mithilaj were stationed in Turkey and were trying to enter Syria when they were intercepted by the Turkish authorities and deported to India.

Information gathered from interrogating the arrested men confirmed that five others from the district were dead and all of them had left the country to join the IS, four of them were 30 years or less.

The five dead men are: Shahnad, Rishal, Shameer, his son Salman and Muhammad Shajir.

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