One of the missing youths from Kerala suspected to have joined the Islamic State (Isis) has reportedly sent a message to his family, revealing his connection with the terror group.
Mohd. Marwan, who went missing from Trikarpur, Kasaragod in early June along with 11 others, including women and a child, had got in touch with the family and sent a message that read, "People may call me a terrorist. If fighting in the path of Allah is terrorism, yes I am a terrorist (sic)," reported the Times of India.
However, sources close the family members of the persons who went missing told International Business Times India that they have not received any message from them after July 5 and that they have passed all the relevant information to the investigation team.
According to the TOI report, Marwan, who sent the messages via the Telegram app, has also detailed the conditions in the Isis-controlled areas, adding that he will come back after he finishes the work with Isis. While the Intelligence Bureau (IB) could not confirm whether the youth has reached the Isis territory, Marwan has reportedly claimed that he is in the area under the Isis' control in West Asia.
At least 21 people, including 12 people from the Kasaragod district, five youth from Palakkad and one from the Thiruvananthapuram district, have gone missing under mysterious circumstances in the state and a probe is underway to find their whereabouts. Among them are two pregnant women and three children.
Although it is yet to be confirmed that all of them have left to join the terrorist group, the messages sent by some of the youngsters point to their connection with the Isis.
One of the messages, which was sent by a youth who hails from Padanna village in Kasaragod earlier in June to his parents, read, "Don't search for me, we have reached a place where there is no election, taxes, ministers and theatres, Quran decides everything here" [translated from Malayalam].