Kerala youth, suspected to have joined IS killed in Afghanistan drone attack

Kasaragod : Hafeesudin, one of the 21 Keralites reported to have joined the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan, has been killed in a drone attack, his relative said on Sunday.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Rehman told the media in Kasaragod that he had received a message via a social media app from another relative Ashfaq, who is also in Afghanistan, that Hafeesuddin, 26, died in the drone attack on Saturday.

However, there has been no official confirmation.

He said Ashfaq also said that Hafeesuddin's last rites had been held, adding that he had also informed local police of the message, and they, in turn, informed the National Investigation Agency (NIA) officials.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had told the assembly last July that 21 persons, including children, had left the state for Afghanistan to join the IS. Out of these, 17 were from Kasaragod district while four belonged from Palakkad district. They include four women and three children.

With inputs from agencies

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Updated Date: Feb 26, 2017 18:22:09 IST

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