Indian security agencies have confirmed the arrest of two Nigerian youths suspected to be on their way to Iraq to team up with dreaded terrorist group, Islamic State, IS.
According to reports, they were apprehended after scaling a barbed wire fence near the international border between India and Pakistan. They were subsequently handed over to the Punjab Police.
The two Nigerians were identified as Imran Kabeer and Sani Jamiliu.
A report by the Indo-Asian News Services claimed the two Nigerians, aged between 24 and 25, from Kano State, told Indian officials that they wanted to go to Pakistan and later to Iraq, though they do not possess valid travel documents to enter Pakistan.
According to the report, They said they arrived in Sikh on Thursday from Delhi in a hired taxi. The IANS added that the duo argued with the taxi driver on Thursday night, “hoodwinked him and drove away his Swift Dzire car and arrived at the integrated check point at Attari on Friday morning.”
An Indian official, quoted by the report said: “On finding the border gates closed, the youths moved towards a barbed wire fence along the Attari-Wagah rail track (on which the Samjhauta Express peace train between both countries plies) and jumped over the high barbed wire fence, thinking they had entered Pakistan. BSF personnel immediately nabbed them.”
Security officials believe the youth are headed to join ISIS having claimed that Iraq is their final destination.
An Indian Deputy Inspector-General, M.F. Farooqui, confirmed the arrest of both Nigerians.