KANNUR: Police have identified five more people from the district who are engaged in jihadi activities in Syria, after joining the Islamic State (IS).
Kannur DSP P P Sadanandan, who is leading the investigation team probing the IS operations in the district, said that they had information regarding them, and this was further confirmed during the interrogation of five people arrested last week with suspected terror links, including the main recruiter to the network, U K Hamza aka Biriyani Hamza.
Those who have been identified now are Abdul Khayyoom, 25, resident of Chekikulam near Kuttiattoor, Abdul Manaf P P , 30, resident of Valapattanam, Shabeer Muhammed Shafi, 33, resident of Mooppanpara, in Valapattanam, his relative Suhail, and Safwan, 18, resident of Pazhanjirapally in Pappinissery . Last week, the investigating team had confirmed the death of Safwan’s brother Salman and their father T V Shameer in Syria, along with three others from the district.
Police also said the families of four of them are in Syria, and efforts are on to get their complete details.
Khayyoom went to Syria on April 18, 2017, while Abdul Manaf travelled using a fake passport, said police. Moreover, he was a close associate of Shahjahan Velluva, another IS operative who was arrested in Delhi a few months ago. When Shahjahan and his group reached Istanbul in an effort to sneak in to Syria, Manaf had met them, but the group could not coordinate and their bid to enter Syria failed, and they were deported. Suhail reached Syria from Dubai in 2016, said police.
The officials also said all these people were the members of the Popular Front of India when they were in Kerala.
Incidentally , the family members of these people are totally against this ideology and want their wards back home and lead a normal life, but the ones in Syria and those who long to be there after getting influenced by the IS ideology are of the feeling that the life in Syria is the real life for those who have faith in Islam, police said.