Pune: IS recruit on way to Syria held by NIA

New Delhi: A suspected Islamic State (IS) recruit, who was on his way to Syria via Dubai to join the terror organization, was detained by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials on Tuesday morning at the Pune Airport. 

34-year-old man, Ismail Musab Abdul Rawoof, who hails from Bhatkal in Karnataka, was arrested in a joint operation by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and NIA. 

Security agencies were keeping a strict vigil after his name cropped up in internet chats with IS members. The chats are being monitored by sleuths to look for possible followers of the terror group.

Officials said he was detained after the union home ministry issued a 'look out circular' against him.

Over 20 people have been arrested by the NIA this year as part of its probe on indoctrination of youths by the terror outfit.

News24 Bureau