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‘ISIS’ Twitter jihadi may not be in Bengaluru’

The suspect behind a pro-ISIS Twitter account followed by foreign jihadis may not be based in Bangaluru as claimed by a British media report and he could be using a pseudonym – Mehdi Mehboob Biswas, according to preliminary assessment by central intelligence agencies. The individual may not be based in the IT city as claimed by the Channel 4 News but it has been confirmed that the now defunct twitter handle @ShamiWitness had played significant roles in the Islamic State’s propaganda war. “Probability of it being a pseudonym is very high,” official sources said. Since the NIA is probing the case of Arif Majeed, the youth from Mumbai suburb Kalyan, who had returned from Islamic State, it will soon start probe into all claims of the British media report.

Arif was following this particular Twitter handle and reportedly confessed before interrogators that he was influenced by it, the sources said. They said security agencies were aware of the twitter handle and have come to know that the account had 17,700 followers but tweets reposted thousands of times and have been seen by millions.

Crime branch of Bengaluru police on Friday said they have launched a probe into the veracity of the report.
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