About 900 Azerbaijanis have joined the Islamic State over past five years – Security Service
About 900 Azerbaijani citizens have joined the Islamic State over the past five years, head of the Azerbaijani State Security Service Madat Guliyev said on Sunday, Sputnik reports.
“Over the past five years, a certain number of Azerbaijani citizens have believed in the black propaganda and joined the Islamic State terrorist organization,” Guliyev told reporters.
He specified that the total number of Azerbaijani nationals that joined the jihadist group was around 900.
“Of them, 85 were detained by law enforcement agencies and are in prison, 195 were stripped of Azerbaijani citizenship, and the majority of them died in battles,” Guliyev added.
In addition, Azerbaijani special services are looking into information about 300 citizens that were reportedly killed in Iraq during an anti-terror operation, head of the Azerbaijani State Security Service Madat Guliyev said on Sunday.
“In the area with dense population of Azerbaijanis in Iraq, around 300 Azerbaijanis were killed. Our employees are currently in Iraq and are looking into the credibility of this information,” Guliyev told reporters.