“The hotel is good with excellent facilities and welcoming staff but the food is not good rest everything is awesome (sic).”
This was perhaps 28-year-old Tabrez Noor Mohammad Tambe’s last public post on social media — when he checked into a Cairo hotel on January 12, 2016 — before he allegedly joined the Islamic State in Libya. Investigators monitoring the case believe Tabrez was influenced by one Ali, who they have now found is a Pakistani national from Harnai district.
That Tabrez had joined the terrorist organisation came to light after his brother Saud Noor Mohammad Tambe approached the Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS) this week. The brothers are from Ratnagiri and were living in Mumbra.
Tabrez became friends with Ali while working in Saudi Arabia.
ATS sources said the two were in touch even when Tabrez came to Mumbra in 2015 and that Ali met Tabrez’s family and even visited his home in Mumbra.
ATS sources are yet to confirm how Tabrez was influenced. So far, they have found out Tabrez completed schooling at the National High School and Junior College in Ratnagiri, before moving to Mumbai to study chemistry at the Mumbai University. Tabrez was good at academics, played volleyball and took part in science quizzes. He also volunteered for a charitable organisation and did a course on cargo services during his undergraduate study.
Investigators said Tabrez had always been employed at good firms — he started working in 2009, went on to join an airline as a cargo supervisor in 2010 and then moved to Iraq to work as a warehouse executive in 2011. In October 2012, Tabrez moved to Dubai, where he worked as a logistics officer. Somewhere around December 2015, Tabrez moved to Saudi and started working as a logistics officer. This is when he is said to have met Ali.
Saud told ATS officials that he and his family found out last month that Tabrez had left the country to join the ISIS.