One of the missing youth from Kerala, Murshid Muhammed, was reportedly killed in a drone strike, in Nangarhar province in Afghanistan.
The victim, a native of Padna in the Afghani district, was suspected to have joined the Islamic State group, after missing. An Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader in Padna, Abdur Rahiman, confirmed the news. Rahiman who is also a social activist, said he received the message yesterday on social media application, Telegram.
Rahiman, over the phone, said, “The exact date could not be known yet... The message did not come from the usual source...I could not get more details.”
The mega airstrike conducted by the United States military had dropped its most powerful non-nuclear bomb, to target the Islamic State tunnels and personnel, and according to reports all these youths were there in the area at the time of the bombing.
About four U.S. military officials with direct knowledge of the mission said, a GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb, nicknamed MOAB, was dropped at 7 p.m. local time Thursday. The MOAB is also known as the “mother of all bombs.” A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America’s most powerful non-nuclear bomb, according to reports.
Murshid was among the 21 persons from Kerala, who reportedly went missing after traveling to the Middle East last year, and were suspected to have joined the terrorist organization in Syria. However, the Chandera police did not confirm the news saying, “We have no information about it.”
Earlier, two months ago, another youth T K Hafeesudeen (24), also from Padna, was killed in a drone attack in Afghanistan.