KOZHIKODE: Intelligence agencies have found out that at least five Malayalis from Kerala’s Malabar region have been killed while fighting for the Islamic Statein Syria in the past four months. With this the number of Malayalis killed in the IS stronghold has risen to 10.
Information on the death of Sibi from Kanjikkode in Palakkad reached his relatives two days ago. Further details of Sibi, who was working in Bahrain, is not immediately available. It is suspected that he had links with Yahya alias Esa, who left to join the IS in July last year.
Another person killed in Aleppo in Syria is Muhadis, hailing from Vandoor in Malappuram district. His family was shifted to Vaniyambalam around five years ago. Sources told TOI that his brother Manaf, who was working in Bahrain, came to Malappuram one month ago to tell the family about the death of Muhadis. It is suspected that he was killed in the military operations in Aleppo in last February.
Local residents in Vaniyambalam do not know much about Muhadis and his family. “He appeared to be very silent and well-mannered. We didn’t know about his terror links or any other organizational links,” said a person from the locality.
A person hailing from Chalad in Kannur is also suspected to be killed in Syria. Two more people, one from Vadakara in Kozhikode district and another from Kondotty in Malappuram district, are also believed to have been killed in Syria. All these people are branded as ‘Bahrain group’ in the police circles.