Malayali Christian engineer who converted to Islam killed fighting for ISIS in Libya

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Malayali engineer, who joined the terrorist organisation, has been killed while fighting in Libya. The reference to the Keralite appeared in an IS document titled ‘Know your martyrs’, which says Abu Bakr Al-Hindi was a Christian who embraced Islam while working in the Gulf. The document says he is the first ‘Istishhadi’ (suicide bomber or ‘martyr’ in an attack) from India to be killed on the African continent.

The IS document, unlike in the case of other Malayali cadre who were killed in Syria and Afghanistan, did not mention Abu Bakr’s real name. There is no clue about his other whereabouts either, except that the person was born in a rich Christian family ‘where there are many engineers.’ IS says Abu Bakr was working in Bengaluru before moving to the Gulf.

“That was the first time he was in a complete Muslim environment,” said the document. He was introduced to Islam through a pamphlet handed over to him while he was shopping at a market. “He was shocked to know that Muslims believe in Jesus and respected him,” said the document adding that Abu Bakr wanted to know more about Islam.

However, Security agencies are trying to verify Islamic State’s (IS) claim.

Courtesy: Indian Express