Indian intelligence agencies have discovered three new pro-Islamic State (IS) Twitter accounts, following the recent arrest of a 24-year-old man, who managed an influential IS propaganda Twitter from southern India’s Bangalore, sources in the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs told Sputnik on Sunday.
According to the sources, all the three Twitter accounts are being operated from the western Indian state of Maharashtra.
However, the sources did not disclose details such as the names of the individuals and the Twitter accounts due to security reasons.
On Saturday, Indian police arrested a man called Mehdi Masroor Biswas, 24, for running a pro-IS “ShamiWitness” Twitter account. The account had over 17,000 followers, two-thirds of whom were IS fighters in Iraq and Syria, according to the Hindustan Times. With over two million views, ShamiWitness was believed to be one of the most influential IS Twitter accounts to date.
Biswas reportedly used Twitter to recruit potential IS fighters and advice them on how to cross into Syria from Turkey. The man now faces a life imprisonment in India for spreading the terrorist ideology.
The IS group, known for its hardline Islamic fundamentalism, has been fighting the Syrian government since 2012. In 2014, it seized vast territories in Syria and Iraq.
The extremists actively uses social media for recruiting new members from around the globe. According to the latest UN estimates, some 15,000 foreign fighters have entered Syria and Iraq to join the IS or other terrorist groups.