HYDERABAD: Two youths from the state, who were caught by the Turkey police, just before they joined the Islamic State militant group and were deported to India in August this year, were radicalised when they were working in Saudi Arabia, said sources.
The youths have been identified as Habeeb Ur Rahman, a native of Warangal and Gufran Mohiuddin, who belongs to Hyderabad. The duo first met when they joined an engineering college at Banjara Hills in 2008. Both Mohiuddin and Habeeb went to Saudi Arabia for work.
After working for several companies there, they decided to join IS in February this year.
“During their stay in Saudi Arabia, they got radicalised and planned to join IS. They took the route from Turkey. One of them flew to Turkey from US and the other flew from Saudi. Before they crossed Turkey borders, the duo was nabbed,” said sources.
They were then deported to India, after the intelligence agencies received a tip-off from one of the close associates of the duo.