Kerala IS terrorist behind Kabul Gurdwara blast that killed 27 Sikhs

Abu Khalild al-Hindi, the Islamic State terrorist hailing from Kerala, is believed to be one of the terrorists who mounted an attack on the Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul which killed more than 25 people and injured several others, according to Khaama Press, an online news agency in Afghanistan. The news agency has sourced the information from The Amaq News, the official news outlet of the ISIS Khorasan, an offshoot of the Islamic State.

According to the report, the terrorist — whose photograph was released by the outfit — mounted a suicide attack on the Gurdwara that the ISIS released the photo of the suicide bomber who stormed the Sikh temple in Kabul city on Wednesday.

Abu Khalild al-Hindi aka Abdul Khayoom is suspected to be the same person who was accused in Valapattanam IS camp case, Kerala. In 2017, the NIA had registered a case against five people, including Abu Khalid, from Valapattanam in Kannur district for their alleged IS links. According to the NIA, Abu Khalild was believed to be in Syria.

The terror group also issued a brief statement claiming that the Sikh community was the target of the attack. This is not the first time the terror group is targeting the minority groups in Afghanistan. In another suicide attack, claimed by ISIS Khorasan, killed at least 19 people including many members of the Sikh community in Jalalabad city of Nangarhar in mid-2018.