Once again, it is a man from Kerala behind the recent suicide bombing in Afghanistan, according to intelligence sources. Reports say that KP Ijaz, a man from Kasaragod of Kerala led the terrorist attack on the Jalalabad jail in Afghanistan that killed Twenty-nine people, including at least 10 suicide attackers, at freeing jihadists from the prison on Eid.
As per reports, the suicide attacker’s wife, Rafilla Purayil, and has been held in Kabul’s Badam Bagh prison along with their five-year-old son, Ayaan, and as well as an infant born in Afghanistan. The family learned of the terrorist’s death on Monday from social media, said police sources. However, they were yet to receive any official confirmation of the death from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Ijaz is the second Kerala-origin jihadist to have been killed in suicide-strike involving the Islamic State. Muhammad Muhsin, a 21-year old high-school dropout from Kerala earlier living in the United Arab Emirates, died in an attack on a gurdwara in Kabul, which claimed the lives of 27 members of the city’s tiny Sikh community.
Born in May 1984 to Abdul Rehman Parambath and Afsath Kallukettiya, Purayil left for Afghanistan in mid-2016 as part of a group of 26 Kerala residents linked to an Islamist cult run by the neo-fundamentalist preacher Abdul Rashid Abdullah. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) issued a notice through the international police agency Interpol later that year, seeking his arrest.
Located in the northern part of Kerala, Kasaragod is notorious for the Islamic fundamentalism. A number of people are still found missing from the state who are believed to have joined in various terror outfits in different parts of the world leading fatal terror attacks.