Post by Dr. Jai Maharaj
Thursday, May 18, 2017
From Afghan hideout, Kerala jihad leader calls faithful
Abdulla lashed out at mainstream Indian Muslim leaders
who, he argued, were misleading their flock by condemning
the Islamic State as illegitimate
Kerala Muslims in Afghanistan, including a different Abdulla, were recently in the news:
Sheikh Abdul Hasib, head of Islamic State’s operations in Afghanistan and the central figure in a multinational operation to train Indian jihadists in the Nangarhar mountains, has been killed with several other commanders and at least 35 fighters, according to USFOR, the headquarters of US forces in the war-torn country. Sources in Afghanistan told The Indian Express that the raid by Afghan and US special forces on April 27, which claimed Hasib’s life, was part of strikes that also led to the death of two IS members from Kerala: Bestin Vincent alias Yahiya from Palakkad, and the commander of Indian jihadists in the region, Sajeer Mangalasseri Abdulla, a former resident of Sultan Batheri.
Left increasingly leaderless by the raids, the survivors of the 25-strong community from Kerala, who once lived in homes seized from local villagers, are believed to have retreated deeper into the Spin Ghar mountains, making reliable communications with their families more difficult.