HYDERABAD: An engineering graduate from the city, Mohd Haneef Waseem (27), had allegedly died while fighting for the dreaded terror group, Islamic State, somewhere in Syria in March, police sources said.
The State police are still in the process of gathering more information and at this point, the details are sketchy. According to the sources, Haneef graduated from a city college in engineering four years ago and later, went to London to study a master’s course. In February this year, he left for Syria from London. He seems to have joined the Islamic State in Syria where he might have died.
Haneef’s family members hail from Mancherial town in Adilabad district but have been living at Rajendranagar in the city for the last few years. “We are in touch with the Intelligence Bureau officials. But so far, there is no more information on this,’’ a police official said, admitting that they do not know the exact details of Haneef’s death. What they do know is that Haneef died in March and the same was conveyed to his family members about 10 days back.
The family members themselves received a text message in Arabic informing them of Haneef’s death.
Police sources believe Haneef had travelled to Syria alone, probably after being attracted to the terror group online like so many in the United Kingdom. The Hyderabad Police had foiled attempts by six youths from the city, including two engineers and a former Google employee, to join the ISIS ranks last year.
Besides, a 19-year-old woman from the city, who was residing in Qatar and had flown to Turkey, allegedly wanted to join the ISIS but had come back to India in December last after seeing the conditions there, the police had earlier said.