A youth among the 21 missing people from Kerala, who are feared to have joined the terror outfit ISIS, has contacted his family via online messaging services to say they are alive and well.
Ashfaqe Mohamed (23), missing from Kasargode in north Kerala, has sent a message to his sister on the secure online communication platform Telegram informing her about his well being and requesting his relatives to join him. However, he did not disclose his location.
At least 21 persons, including six women and two children, had gone missing from the state last month sending shock waves across the country.
“The message originated from Afghanistan country code 93. We suspect some of the missing persons might have reached the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan,” said a senior intelligence official.
Upset with his mysterious disappearance, his sister said that he had made their life miserable. Hearing this, he got angry and started explaining about the righteousness and honour of the Islamic State, after which the conversation ended abruptly.
On May 28, Ashfaqe left his home saying that he was going to Kozhikkode (north Kerala) for Quran classes. A week later, he told his parents he was leaving for Sri Lanka. His parents alerted the police when they received a message a month later, saying he had “reached the final destination, abode of Allah”.
Earlier in the month, another youth from Kerala, Mohammed Marwan, had also sent a similar message to his family via the Telegram app that read, “People may call me a terrorist. If fighting in the path of Allah is terrorism, yes I am a terrorist”.
Meanwhile, Ijas Muhammad, also from Kerala who had disappeared mysteriously, had sent a similar audio message to his parents informing them that he has reached his destination and they need not look for him anymore.