One of the suspected ISIS recruits from Padanna in Kasargod got killed in drone attack in Afghanistan on Saturday. 

 

Relatives of Hafeesuddin received a message through Telegram App on Sunday that the young man got killed in a drone attack on Saturday. The message was sent by Ashfaq, a relative of the deceased, to some relatives and friends back home. Ashfaq is also one of the ISIS recruits and is believed to be operating from Afghanistan. 


"Hafees was killed by a drone strike yesterday. We consider him to be a Shuhada (martyr) and Allah knows the best," the Telegram message read. 'We are waiting for our turn...Inshaa Allah,' the messenger replied when he was asked whether any other Malayalees got killed in the strike. 
 

Hafees was killed by a drone strike yesterday.  We consider him to be a Shuhada (martyr) and Allah knows the best: the message said. 

 

As many as 16 persons, including women and children, had gone missing from Padanna in Kasargod last year and suspectedly left the country to join the dreaded Islamist terror outfit.  The death, the veracity of which is yet to be confirmed by the National Investigation Agency, which is probing the missing of the Malayalee group, is a strong indication that the Malayalee recruits are in Afghanistan.
 

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It was earlier assumed that the Malayalee ISIS recruits were in ISIS strongholds in Syria or Iraq. But the National Investigation Agency (NIA) traced the Malayalees to ISIS camps in Nangarhar, an Afghan province notoriously associated with Osama Bin Laden in the 1990s where he is believed to have planned AL Queda's daring attacks on the USA.  More than 30 Malayalees are undergoing training in the ISIS camps in Nangarhar Province in the eastern part of the trouble-torn country, reports quoting NIA stated.  

 

More than 30 Malayalees are undergoing training in the ISIS camps in Nangarhar Province in the eastern part of Afghanistan.

 

 Malayalees in ISIS camps in Afghanistan include 22 people who went missing from Kasargod and Palakkad last year.  The NIA has been continuously tracking the digital footprints of the suspected Malayalee ISIS recruits, and the agency is in the know of the exact location of the camps where the Keralites are undergoing training. 


 
In a voice call made via the internet, Rafael, one of the suspected ISIS recruit from  Kasargod had informed her family back home in July last that she along with her husband Dr Ejas and 2-year-old child left the country in search of a job and not for joining the terror outfit. However, she did not disclose any other details. 

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