INDIA’S central security agencies are looking into the role of a Kerala youth believed to be one of the terrorists belonging to the Islamic State, which claimed responsibility of an attack on a gurdwara in Afghanistan killing 25 people.
The youth hails from Kasaragod district in the south Indian state. He had left India to the UAE in 2018 from where he is believed to have joined IS in Afghanistan, officers said on Saturday (28).
The youth’s identity was established after an Islamic State publication posted his picture identifying him with his ‘kunya’ (Arabic name) Abu Khalid al-Hindi, the officials said.
They said he, along with his family, had returned to Kerala from Malaysia in 2017 and later had left for Saudi Arabia in search of work.
However, he soon returned and stayed with his family in Kerala for a while before leaving for the UAE in 2018, officers said.
At least 25 worshippers were killed and eight others injured when a heavily armed suicide bomber stormed his way into a prominent gurdwara on Wednesday in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, in one of the deadliest attacks on the minority Sikh community in the strife-torn country.
The central agencies, with the help of local police, reached out to the family of the accused, who identified him to be Muhsin from the published picture which had ISIS flag in the background.
The parents had claimed to have received a message from the ISIS confirming the death of their son during the attack on gurdwara in Kabul on Wednesday, officers said.
Muhsin, the 28-year old school dropout, was believed to have landed in Afghanistan as a member of IS in the Khorasan Province, they said.
With one of the victims in the gurdwara attack being an Indian, the amended National Investigation Agency Act gives the agency mandate to take over the investigation, but a call was yet to be taken by the Home Ministry.