Kerala Man Behind Kabul Gurdwara Attack In Afghanistan: ISIS Confirms

In the gruesome terror attack on a Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul, Afghanistan, as many as 28 people were killed, mostly Sikh worshippers. The ISIS claimed responsibility for the Kabul Gurdwara attacks.

Abu Khalid al-Hindi carried out the attack on Sikh temple in Kabul
Abu Khalid al-Hindi

As reports emerge, one of the four terrorists who was part of the grisly terror attack on Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul was a 30-year-old shopkeeper – Abu Khalid al-Hindi, who had fled along with 14 other youths from Kerala to join the ISIS four years ago.

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The ISIS on Friday published a photo of Abu Khalid al-Hindi who was part of the four-member team that attacked a Sikh Gurdwara in Kabul. Top sources said that Abu Khalid al-Hindi was Mohammed Sajid Kuthirulmmal, a shopkeeper from Padne area of Kasargod in Kerala who was wanted in a 2016 NIA case and had an Interpol red notice against him.

The case refers to a parent from Kasaragod, Kerala who lodged a police complaint in July 2016, stating that his 30-year-old son Abdul Rashid was missing along with his wife Ayisha (Sonia Sebastian) and child, for almost two months after they had gone to Mumbai.

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Around the same time, 14 other cases of missing people including Sajid were registered by their parents and relatives in the police station of the same area. Preliminary investigation unveiled that the missing persons had left India to join the ISIS.

During the investigation by Kerala Police, the role of 29-year-old Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid as a co-conspirator of Abdul Rashid was announced. She was arrested on August 1, 2016, after she was stopped at IGI Airport, New Delhi while attempting to escape India for Afghanistan.

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As per the Kerala police, Yasmeen Mohammad Zahid was vigorously assisting Abdul Rashid in his activities including raising funds to support ISIS. The case was handed over to the NIA after she was arrested.

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The NIA investigation revealed that Abdul Rashid, Yasmeen and others from 2015 were involved in activities to further objectives of the ISIS in Kerala and other places of India. 15 people including Sajid had fled from Kerala, India to join the terror group in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.

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The mobile communication between the absconders with their relatives recovered during the investigation authenticated that Sajid was staying at the same place as another ISIS recruit who had escaped from Kerala and had joined the terror group along with Abdul Rashid.