- Relatives of a missing youth got message about his death
- Investigation agency has found that the youth was leading a 15-member gang from Kerala
- NIA had earlier said that people from Kerala are in Nangarhar
National Investigation Agency (NIA) probing the missing case of Kerala youths, who are suspected to have joined Islamic State (ISIS) received a major lead in the case. The message received by relatives of Hafeezuddin about his death turned out to be a major thread for investigating authorities.
The charge sheet of NIA had earlier said that 22 persons, who went missing from Kasargod and Palakkad, are undergoing training in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan. On tracking the messages, received by Hafeezuddin's relatives, NIA has understood that the persons are staying at an ISIS camp at the tribal hamlet in Jalalabad.
A Telegram message received by Hafeezuddin's mother said that he died of a drone attack. One of his relatives also got a Whatsapp image of the youth lying dead. The investigation agency confirmed that the youth was leading a 15-member gang of people from Padanna in Kasargod, his native place, and was killed in an attack that took place in Din Bala in Nangarhar.
Family members of missing Keralites had earlier received several messages, and it was clear that the Malayalis are staying together. Over 30 Keralites are learned to be residing in Jalalabad, as per the information received by the agency.
There are reports that Afghan Intelligence Agency has informed NIA that over 3, 000 persons are getting training at the ISIS camp in Nangarhar. One of the key recruiting agents and Keralite Shajeer Mangalassery was leading the training in Nangarhar camp recently, but he left the place a few days ago.
Last Updated 6:46 PM IST