Muslim Youth from Kerala was amongst terrorists who carried out Afghan attack

Recently, a terrifying terror attack took place at Gurdwara in Kabul on 25 March in which 25 Sikh worshippers were killed and at least 8 were wounded. Later, The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Kabul gurdwara attack.

In a significant development, a man, who hails from Kasaragod in Kerala, is said to be involved in the terror attack. The attack was carried out by three terrorists who attacked at the gurdwara in Kabul on March 25. As many as 25 Sikh worshippers lost their lives. 

The investigation was underway since the Gurdwara terror attack took place. According to an official, at least three terrorists of the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) had stormed the gurdwara in Kabul. All were killed by Afghan security forces. “We know that at least one of them is an Indian, and the identity of the other two is being ascertained,” the official said.

The attacker was identified as Abu Khalid Al-Hindi by Al Naba, the ISKP’s propaganda wing. The magazine published a photograph of the Indian attacker. The other aliases used for him were Abdul Khayoom and Abdul Khalid.

The official said the person was identified as Mohsin hailing from Thrikaripur in Kasaragod. He was 29 years old and a school dropout. His family has settled in Kannur. He had gone to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) more than two years ago.

His family had never informed the police about this. “His family never reported to the police or filed any complaint… They claim he was not in touch with them all these years… We are ascertaining the entire chain of events,” the official said.

The official said the attacker’s connection with ISKP is yet to be ascertained. “We know that he left home more than two years ago under the pretext that he was going to the UAE. After that, when and how he reached Afghanistan to join the ISKP [Islamic State in Khorasan Province] is not known. The investigation is on,” the official said. There is no police case registered against Mohsin yet.

India strongly condemned the cowardly terror attack at Gurdwara in Kabul. “We convey our sincerest condolences to the immediate family members of the deceased and wish speedy recovery to the injured. India stands ready to extend all possible assistance to the affected families of the Hindu and Sikh communities of Afghanistan,” the external affairs ministry said in a statement.

Writer, historian, and activist Dharam Sikarwar is a very active author The Youth. He writes on national and international issues, environment, politics. He is an avid book reader as well.