NIA seeks police custody of woman for recruiting 21 youth in IS

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Yasmin Ahmed
Yasmin Ahmed

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has sought custody of a 29-year-old woman Yasmin Ahmed who was allegedly instrumental in recruiting 21 youths from Kerala for terror group Islamic State (IS). The IS was reportedly running terror classes in Kerala, said Yasmin, who hails from Bihar.

The radicalised school teacher, who was arrested at Delhi airport on August 2 by Kerala police before she could board a flight to Kabul to join her husband Abdul Rashid also linked to the IS, has revealed that more than 40 persons have already been indoctrinated.

The indoctrination was done by Daesh recruiter Abdul Rashid, who has also persuaded Mumbai graduate Ashfaq Abdul Majid to join the IS, she added.

Yasmin is a native of Bihar and moved to Kerala three years ago. She took up a job at Peace International School in Malappuram, where she met Abdul, according to an NIA officer.

Abdul, from Kerala’s Kasaragod district, was also working as a teacher there. He is a prime suspect in the disappearance of 21 youths from the state and is believed to have fled to Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, an NIA officer said police remand of Yasmin has been sought. The court would take up the matter on September 6.