IS recruit from Kerala killed in Afghanistan
‘SAJEER HAS BECOME ‘SHAHEED’ AND ALLAH KNOWS THE BEST,’ THE MESSAGE IN MALAYALAM RECEIVED BY ACTIVIST BC REHMAN IN KERALA
A youth from Kerala who allegedly joined the Islamic State was killed in Afghanistan, said a message received by an activist in Padanna in north Kerala on Monday. It was reportedly sent by another youth who was among the 21 disappeared from the state last June.
The message received by BC Rehman, an activist and author, said 32-year-old Sajeer Mangalaserry got killed in an attack in Afghanistan. The message sent by Ashfaq Majeed on Telegram App also carried his photo.
“Sajeer has become ‘shaheed’ and Allah knows the best,” the message in Malayalam read. If the information has to be believed, he is the fourth to get killed in Afghanistan. Earlier, relatives received the information in similar manner about the death of three others — Hafisudddn, Mursheed Muhamed and Bestin Vincent alias Yahya — all in 25-30 age group.
Earlier, there were reports that Sajeer was killed in the Mother of all Bombs attack carried out by US forces on April 13. It is not immediately known whether he succumbed to injuries received in the US bombing or got killed in a fresh offensive. From National Institute of Technology Kozhikode, Sajeer believed to have drawn into Jihadi politics when he was working in the UAE. Son of a driver of the state public transport, he was a studious during his school and college days.
Most of the relatives of the missing youth have disowned them for bringing disrepute to the state and community. Initially, some of them sent messages through Telegram asking them to come back but now they said they lost all hopes.
Last year, 21 people had gone missing from the state sending shockwaves across the country.