The four Indian women lodged in an Afghanistan prison, who accompanied their husbands to join the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP), are unlikely to be allowed to return to the country, a senior government official said. ISIS Women are from Kerala.
Four Kerala ISIS Women Are In Afghanistan Prisons
The women, all from Kerala, travelled to Nangarhar in Afghanistan in the years 2016-18. Their husbands were killed in different attacks in Afghanistan. The women were among thousands of Islamic State fighters and affiliates who surrendered before the Afghanistan authorities in the months of November and December 2019.
India Will Not Take Them Back Home
On April 27, Ahmad Zia Saraj, the head of the National Directorate of Security told reporters in Kabul that 408 members of the Islamic State from 13 countries are lodged in Afghanistan prisons. This include 4 Indians, 16 Chinese, 299 Pakistanis, 2 Bangladeshis, 2 from the Maldives among others.
A source, however, said there was no consensus among various government agencies in the return of the four women and it was unlikely that they would be allowed to come back to India.
Interpol has issued Red notices against these women
The four women were identified as Sonia Sebastine alias Ayisha, Raffela, Merrin Jacob alias Mariyam and Nimisha alias Fathima Isa. Their interview revealed that they are highly radicalised. The Interpol has issued Red notices against these women on India’s request.
The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan recorded 77 attacks claimed by ISKP during the first four months of 2021. Mainly comprising defectors from Tehrik-i-Taliban, the Wilayat Khorasan of Islamic State in Afghanistan came into existence in 2015. Senior government officials however maintain that ISKP is run by Pakistan’s Inter State Intelligence (ISI).