In a case of mistaken identity, a few Indians allegedly mailed an Arab Spring activist to figure out how they can join the Islamic State, thinking that he was leader of the terrorist organization, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The Huffington post reported that Iyad El-Baghdadi, a UAE citizen born in Palestine who sought asylum in Norway, had claimed to have received many such emails.
On Tuesday, he tweeted, â€śif I get emails from India-based accounts asking how to join ISIS, who in India do I report them to?â€ť
However, he did not reveal the identity of the people who had mailed him, or the content of their emails.
If I get emails from India-based accounts asking how to join ISIS, who in India do I report them to?â€” 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_wanâ€” 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_wanâ€” Iyad El-Baghdadi (@iyad_elbaghdadi) June 21, 2016
When contacted, a security establishment officer told The Indian Express, â€śWe donâ€™t know who these people are, what is the nature of their query to Iyad, and whether they actually mean to travel to Syria or Iraq. We also have to establish that the emails are not pranks. They seem to have confused Iyad for the Islamic State chief. A lot of verification will have to be done.â€ť
IE also reported that this was not the first time that Iyad was confused for the ISIS chief.
"We have spoken to him earlier...He had then given us details of the messages he had received purportedly from Indians willing to join the Islamic State. But it did not lead us anywhere,â€ť the newspaper quoted an intelligence source as saying.