National Investigation Agency (NIA), the central agency established by the Indian government to combat terror in India, suspects that the 22 “missing” Kerala youths may have joined the Islamic State (Isis) training camp in Afghanistan.
According to intelligence sources, the agency has got some leads on the missing people, who disappeared from the southern Indian state a few months ago.
The NIA believes that these people were at Nangrahar in Afghanistan.
After months of tracking the footprints of the 22 Kerala youths, the NIA has got information about them receiving terror training at an Isis camp in Afghanistan.
Isis is running a terror camp at Nagrahar near Jalalabad in Afghanistan’s tribal area.
These missing youths reached Nangrahar in Afghanistan via Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
According to intelligence sources, there could be around 1,000 to 3,000 people living in the Nangrahar camp.
These recruits have been brought from various countries.
The security agencies are of the view that following the setbacks in Mosul and Raqqa, the Islamic State is looking to shift its base from Iraq and Syria to Afghanistan.
The agencies also believe that the Isis had sent those Kerala youths to the Afghan terror camps.
The NIA is still working on the gather more details about the missing 22 youths – India Today