Kuwait arrests man suspected of funding IS sympathizers in India

KUWAIT: Kuwait authorities have arrested a citizen who allegedly was involved in trying to recruit militants in India in support of the Islamic State (IS). The man was identified, reportedly through the support of Indian intelligence but was arrested in Kuwait.

Named as Abdullah Hadi Abdul Rehman Al-Enezi, the citizen arranged finances for the travel of several Indian nationals from India to Syria, the Times of India has reported. The citizen has reportedly admitted to ‘terror financing and recruiting for IS’. According to the report, four Indians traveled to Syria via Iraq in 2014 with money arranged from Kuwait.

One of the suspects, identified as Areeb Majeed was the first IS operative to be arrested by Indian agencies when he was placed under arrest upon his return to India in November 2014.

Abdullah Hadi reportedly transferred money to Majeed, who received his number from another person he contacted because he needed money to travel further to Syria from Iraq, the report indicates. “Officials say that Kuwait has not only arrested Abdullah Hadi but has also verified his links with Islamic terror financing ring,” it added.

“[Indian authorities] had approached 11 countries including Kuwait, US, Turkey, Luxemburg, Singapore, Australia, Canada, Afghanistan, Hong Kong, China and others seeking details on contacts, finances, travel details and chats/email conversations of Areeb Majeed and three others,” the report reads.

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