Did an Indian die in the Philippines fighting for Islamic State?
An Iraqi rapid response team member walks past a wall painted with the flag commonly used by IS, at a hospital damaged by clashes during a battle between Iraqi forces and IS militants in the Wahda district of eastern Mosul, Iraq, January 8, 2017. Photograph: (Reuters)
Spy agencies reportedly suspect that an Islamic State (IS) terrorist of Indian nationality has died in the Philippines, reports the Daily Mail.
It is thought that he died while fighting in the city of Marawi. Officials are trying to confirm the information they received.
"There are inputs that one person by the name of Mushtaq, who left India to join the terror group was part of the ISIS group which carried out the assault on the Filippino city and we are in the process of verifying the input," said a senior intelligence officer to Mail Today.
Marawi has been under siege for weeks by IS militants.
If Mushtaq is in fact an Indian, he would be the first Indian fighting for Islamic State in South East Asia, which has attracted Islamic terrorists across the region as of late. But Indians have been noticeably reluctant to join the Islamic State, said the official cited by the Daily Mail, who added that spy agencies are worried about isolated youths being recruited, and radicalised over the internet to become "lone wolves".