Kerala youth killed in Afghanistan; ISIS expands footprint

Kerala youth killed in Afghanistan; ISIS expands footprint

Agency News

21-year-old youth, Mohammed Muhsin, from Malappuram in Kerala has been killed in Afghanistan.

The police confirmed that the family of Mohammed Muhsin, 22, who was an Engineering undergraduate, at Edappal got a message in Malayalam a couple of days ago saying that he was martyred in God’s path as per his wish. A top police officer, without going on record, said Muhsin had been killed in the drone attack along with an IS leader in Afghanistan more than 10 days ago. The message also claims that there are 60 youths from India are currently working with ISIS in Afghanistan. The mindset of these fighters is to seek martyrdom.

Muhsin’s family had registered a complaint at the Changaramkulam police station in Malappuram district in October 2017 stating that he was missing. A final-year mechanical engineering student at a college in Thrissur, Muhsin had quit his studies and left for Bengaluru after having been influenced by the IS ideology. From Bengaluru, he went to Dubai. Family sources said he was missing from Dubai. The police said he reached Afghanistan as part of an IS assignment after undergoing training in the use of arms.

It is also said that the ISIS recruitment happens in Dubai among the working Keralites. Multiple active cells of recruitment are currently active in Dubai, according to Intelligence report. The foot print of ISIS in Kerala is expanding fast with members from Palakkad, Malappuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikkode districts are joining the terror outfit. Most of these members were working both in Afghanistan and Syria. But as the ISIS activities have been wiped out of Syria, most of the members have now turned their focus to Afghanistan. Families of these youngsters are not ready to give any information about their activities either to relatives or to police fearing ostracism from the society.