News24 Bureau: Syrian authorities have detained four Indians who were on their way to join the Islamic terror organization IS and have asked the Indian authorities to verify their details.
Syrian deputy Prime Minister Walid-al-Muallem, who is also the country’s foreign minister, said that the four youth had entered Syria from Jordan and were taken into custody in Damascus.
“Four Indians were taken into Syrian custody in Damascus. The four young Indians were planning to join the IS and had entered Syria from Jordan,” he said.
Muallem, who is on a three-day visit to India, also said that he would not be able to secure the release of 39 Indians who were taken hostage by the IS members from the Iraqi city of Mosul in June 2014.
"I will try to secure their release if they are in the custody of Iraqi forces but won't be able to do anything if they are still in the custody of IS," Muallem said.