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Third Suspected Islamic State Terrorist from Kerala Killed in Afghanistan

A Kerala youth, who had run away to join the terror group Islamic State in Afghanistan, has reportedly died, the police said on Saturday.

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Updated:April 30, 2017, 2:07 AM IST
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Third Suspected Islamic State Terrorist from Kerala Killed in Afghanistan
In this fie photo, smoke rises from the site of a blast and gunfire between Taliban and Afghan forces Kabul. (Photo: Reuters)

New Delhi: A Kerala youth, who had run away from his home state to join the Islamic State terror group in Afghanistan, is reportedly dead, the police said on Saturday.

A message from the Telegram account of Ashfaq Majeed, who is also in Afghanistan, claims that Bestin alias Yahya was killed during an assault against fighters from the Islamic Sate. However, it is still not clear when Yahya died in the war-ravaged country.

According to the Kerala Police, one of the relatives of Ashfaq received the message.

Yahya, along with his wife, and his brother and his wife, had allegedly went to Afghanistan to join the Islamic State to wage war against America. The four were part of a 21-strong group from Kerala who reached Afghanistan.

Early this month, Muhammed, said to be in his 20s, was reported to have been killed, along with 36 IS militants, who were killed after the US struck the terror group's position in eastern Afghanistan with a GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs".

In February this year, information reached the relatives of 26-year-old Hafeesudin that he had been killed in a drone attack.

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan last year had informed the state assembly that 21 people, including children, were missing, of which 17 were from Kasargode district and four from Palakkad.

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