Kerala’s Islamic State recruiter ‘killed’ in military operations in Afghanistan

Shajeer Abdulla

Kozhikode : Shajeer Mangalasseri Abdulla, who is believed to be behind the recruitment of a number Malayali youths to Islamic State (IS) is believed to have been killed in the military operations in Afghanistan.

B C Abdul Rehman, a social activist in Padne in Kasaragod received a WhatsApp message with a photo of the body of Shajeer on Monday morning. The message was sent by Ashfaq, a youth from Padne who has joined the Islamic State. “I had asked him about the veracity of the news related to the death of IS chief Abu-Bakr Al Bagdadi. In reply I got this message, which reads ‘Shajeer – May Allah accept him’ with a photograph of the body,” said Rehman. The message did not have any other details.

It was Ashfaq who had informed the people in Padne about the death of three others persons from the state who had joined the IS. Hafeesudeen and Murshid from Kasaragod and Yahya from Palakkad have been killed in the US military strike in Afghanistan, according to Ashfaq.

Police sources, however, declined to confirm the news saying that the face of the person was not clear in the picture.

But they admitted that they also got information three months ago that Shajeer might have been killed. The Facebook account used by Shajeer has been inoperative since March.

Shajeer, an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology-Calicut, NITC), was working in UAE before joining the IS. Shajeer is believed to be behind the radicalization of a section of Muslim youth through the blog ‘Al Muhajiraun’, which contained the publicity material of the IS in Malayalam. His name cropped during the interrogation of the IS cadres arrested from Kanakamala in Kannur last year. The arrested persons had confessed that Shajeer was giving instructions to them through a group created in the Telegram app.

The killing of Shajeer will be a major blow for the IS in Kerala as he was instrumental in recruiting the cadres and planning attacks. He had consulted the group members in Kerala to identify the potential targets that included some Sangh Parivar leaders and rationalist thinkers like E A Jabbar.

After a group was arrested from Kanakamala, Shajeer had said in a Facebook post that he was preparing another group to carry out the attacks.

Source : The Times of India

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