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ISIS Sympathisers From India Write To Wrong Baghdadi Seeking Help To Join Caliphate

Mistaking an Arab Spring activist for the leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, many Indians have written to Iyad El-Baghdadi requesting him to guide them in joining the Caliphate, news reports said.

After Iyad tweeted, seeking help to contact Indian authorities to inform them about the flood of emails he has been receiving from Indians, the country’s intelligence agencies have started tracing people who reached out to him.

Iyad, a UAE citizen, was born in Palestine and sought asylum in Norway. On Tuesday, he said in a tweet, “if I get emails from India-based accounts asking how to join ISIS, who in India do I report them to?”.

If I get emails from India-based accounts asking how to join ISIS, who in India do I report them to?

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) June 21, 2016

Regardless, if I want to report an Indian person who emails me because they want to "join ISIS", where do I do that? @taufiq_wan

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) June 21, 2016

Already contacted the email host and reported. I want to know the security agency to report to as well, just in case. @taufiq_wan

— Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) June 21, 2016

Iyad did not reveal the identity of the people on twitter, neither did he elaborate on the content of the emails he received from Indians seeking help to join ISIS.

As per The Indian Express report, Mumbai police responded to Iyad on Twitter and thanked him for alerting them.

@Kads_M Thank you for bringing it to our notice. We will look into it.

— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) June 21, 2016

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