Kerala Engineer Dies in Libya Suicide Bomb Attack

Kerala Christian Engineer Converts to Islam to Join ISIS, Dies in Libya Suicide Bomb Mission

A Christian engineer from Kerala, who had recently converted to Islam to join the Islamic State (IS), was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Libya, New Indian Express reports

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A Christian engineer from Kerala, who had recently converted to Islam to join the Islamic State (IS), was killed in a suicide bombing attack in Libya, New Indian Express reports. Intelligence officials have reportedly collected information that the Keralite’s name had appeared in an IS document titled “Meet Your Martyrs”, in which he was called “Abu Bakr Al-Hind”. In the document, the Islamic State has claimed that the Kerala engineer is the first “Istishhadi” or suicide bomber or “martyr” of India killed on the African continent.

The Kerala-based Islamic State terrorist is believed to be a Christian who embraced Islam while working in the Gulf.

Unlike the case of other Kerala-based ISIS terrorists who were killed in Syria and Afghanistan, the ISIS document does not mention Abu Bakr’s real name. Intelligence agencies also have no idea of ​​his other whereabouts, except that the person was born into a rich Christian family “where there are many engineers.”

According to the IS document, Abu Bakr was working in Bengaluru before moving to the Gulf. “That was the first time that he was in a fully Muslim environment,” the document says.

Kerala-based Islamic State terrorist became radicalized by watching videos of Anwar Al-Awlaki
The Kerala-based Islamic State terrorist learned about Islam through a pamphlet handed to him while he was shopping in a market. “He was surprised to learn that Muslims believe in Jesus and respect him,” the IS document said, adding that the Islamic terrorist wanted to know more about Islam.

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Abu Bakr saw the speeches of another Islamic terrorist, Anwar Al-Awlaki, who radicalized him and brought him to the Islamic State. Abu Bakr wanted to do hijra (migration) like other Muslims from Kerala who had joined the Islamic State, but he had to return to India when his company’s contract in the Gulf expired.

Later, the IS manipulators asked him to go to Libya, where his activity was going strong. “Since he was an engineer and his passport had a first name, he easily flew to Libya,” the document says. Abu Bakr was killed in a terrorist operation three months after arriving in Libya.

Security agencies are identifying the person and are also preparing a schedule of events. Previously, security experts warned that the Islamic State could move its operations to Africa after losing its strongholds in Syria and Afghanistan. Many Muslims from Kerala, which has become the center of Islamic terrorism, joined the Islamic State and traveled to Syria and Afghanistan, but a case of travel to Libya is the first known case.

In 2014, the Islamic State had declared the formation of Wilayat (province) in Libya, and many foreign fighters had been sent to the country. The Islamic State had claimed that its Kerala cadres had participated in many “Istishhadi” operations in Afghanistan, including the attack on Gurudwara in Kabul and the prison in Jalalabad last year.

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