Three nations hunt for an Indian Kerala man, Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, a key Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Afghanistan. Ever since the National Investigation Agency arrested six Kerala men earlier this month on allegations of planning terrorist attacks, sleuths of three nation India, Afghanistan, and the United Arab Emirates are on lookout for this ISIS recruiter, reported Indian Express.
As per the reports, Abdullah now holds key position in recruiting Indian jihad volunteers to the terror outfit in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province which has its capital in Jalalabad. Faced with heavy bombardments of US-led forces into the terror bastions in Raqqa and Mosul, the terror group is now routing to new locations in Afghanistan and is also asking interested volunteers to stage attacks at home, providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive devices. An Indian intelligence official said “Nangarhar is about as close as you can get to a black hole. It’s the perfect place to go if you want to disappear. Even Afghanistan’s intelligence services have next to no on-ground reach there.”
As per the reports, the men who recruited Abdullah were all educated professionals. The key figure in the cell was Doha-based Manseed Bin Mohamed who moved to West Asia from Panoor in Kerala five years ago, NIA source informed.
As per some Telegram conversations encrypted by NIA officials, Mohamed is the key recruiter of the ISIS, he has recruited several like-minded men, all from the educated middle-class: Swalih Muhammad, a researcher with an automobile manufacturing major in Chennai; Safwan Pookatil, a graphic designer working for the PFI daily Thejas; Ramshad Neelangan Kandiyil, a chartered account based in Kozhikode; his cousin, engineering drop-out Jaseem Neelangan Kandiyil; small-time businessman Rashid Ali.
Before flying to the terror-heaven, NIA alleges that Abdullah instructed volunteers to plan strikes against Israeli tourists in Kodaikanal, and also on leaders of the BJP and judges who had delivered “anti-Muslim” verdicts.
Abdullah facilitated the travel of 21 Kerala residents, including eight minors, to Nangarhar, quotes Indian Express.
The terror outfit has been adamant of firming up its base in India and raising concerns in NIA , as per the initial reports, 67 Indians are known to have joined .