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India verifying info on 4 Indian youth who tried to join IS

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New Delhi: India today said it was verifying information on four Indian youth who were held in Syria while going to join the Islamic State terror group. “We are verfiying the inputs shared by Syria on four Indian youth. We have no such information that they were going to join the ISIS,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup told reporters here.

Syrian Deputy Prime minister Walid Al Moaulem had said yesterday that four youth had entered Syria and were taken into custody in Damascus. He, however, did not specify when they were apprehended.

“Four Indians were taken into Syrian custody in Damascus. They were planning to join the ISIS and had entered Syria from Jordan,” Moaulem had said. Moaulem, however, did not give details like the name, from where the youth come from and when were they taken into custody.


India has been trying to stop youths from joining the terrorist organisation. In December last, police arrested three youth from Nagpur airport while they were planning to leave the country for joining the ISIS.