Another youth from Kerala's Kasargod district who had gone missing last year to join the Islamic terror outfit ISIS has reportedly been killed in Afghanistan.
According to reports, 22-year-old Marwan Ismail, who had gone missing in May 2016, has been killed.
Local police told TNM that Marwan's father received a message via Telegram mobile application on Monday informing him about the death of his son. The one-line message, reportedly sent by Ashfaq Majeed, one of the 21 youths who joined the terror outfit, says that Marwan has become shaheed (a martyr).
Although the police confirmed that Marwan's family received a message about his death, they say that they are in the process of verifying the information.
However, Manoama Online reports that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has confirmed the death of Marwan in a military air strike in Afghanistan.
According to various reports, at least ten people from Kerala who joined ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan were killed in the past year. Earlier this year, Yahiya (Bestin), a native of Palakkad was killed in Afghanistan. Prior to this, Murshid from Padne in Kasargod and Hafeesuddhin from the same district, had been killed.
There were media reports that said that a video posted on "Kerala Exposed", a Telegram group on July 6 showed the images of five Keralites who had gone missing to join ISIS. The police identified Muhammad Murshid, Hafeesudeen, Yahya and Shajeer Abdulla Mangalassery from the photos shown in the video.