Four Indian youths, in Syria to join Islamic State, arrested

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al Moualem said “the young men” had entered Syria via Jordan.

Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016, 09:42 AM IST
Four Indian youths, in Syria to join Islamic State, arrested
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New Delhi: Four Indians have been arrested in Syria for allegedly planning to join the Islamic State terror group and fight for the caliphate.

Syrian Deputy Prime Minister Walid al Moualem, who is also the foreign minister and is currently visiting India, said “the young men” had entered Syria via Jordan.

They were nabbed before they could join the ISIS, he added.

“We have arrested four Indians who had come to Syria to fight alongside IS. They are currently in Damascus jail. We have asked Indian authorities to come and see them and take them back,” Moualem was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

 

The minister said his visit to India is aimed at enhancing cooperation in counter-terrorism and intelligence-sharing.

Moualem, meanwhile, told Indian authorities that Syria can do little to save 39 Indians currently in ISIS captivity in Iraq.

“They are in IS captivity. I am sorry, we can’t do anything. You need to ask Erdogan (Turkish President),” said Moualem.