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Bihar woman held in connection with recruitment of Kerala youths to IS        

india Updated: Aug 03, 2016 11:54 IST
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Islamic State fighters firing weapons toward Syrian troops and pro-government gunmen, in Deir el-Zour province, Syria.(AP File Photo)

A 29-year-old woman from Bihar suspected to have links with the alleged recruitment of youths from Kerala to the Islamic State (IS) was questioned here by the state police after being taken into custody in New Delhi.

The woman, identified as Yasmin Ahmed, was arrested by a special team of Kerala police from Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi when she was about to leave the country for Kabul on Sunday, police said.

She allegedly had close connections with Abdul Rashid, a native of Kasaragod, who is the prime suspect in the case of 21 missing youths from the state.

She was brought here on Monday evening and produced before a local court after interrogation, a senior police official said.

“She was charged under various sessions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. A court here later remanded her to judicial custody,” Kanhangad deputy superintendent of police Sunil Babu told PTI.

The woman is suspected to be the second wife of Rashid and believed to have played a key role in the alleged recruitment of state youths to the IS, the official added.

Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, referring to reports that some Keralites had joined the terrorist group, informed the assembly on July 11 that 21 people were missing from the state. Among them were 17 from Kasaragod and four from Palakkad, according to available information, he had said.

Media reports said these people had gone to Syria and Afghanistan and were in IS camps, he said.