Kozhikode: One more Kerala youth who joined ISIS was killed in Afghanistan, said a message received by relatives of those missing from Kasaragod.
They received the news about the death of Bastian Vincent aka Yahiya, a native of Palakkad, through social media from the account of Ashfaq, who is also believed to have joined ISIS. Bastian Vincent had left the country to join ISIS in 2016.
According to information received here, Yahya alias Bastian, who was in his late 20s, is reported to have been killed in Afghanistan, said the Kerala Police's intelligence wing.
Yahiya alias Bastian along with his wife, his brother and his wife, who have all been reported missing, hail from Palakkad and had converted to Islam.
The four were part of a 21-strong group from Kerala who reached Afghanistan.
With this death, this is the third Keralite who left the state last year and reached Afghanistan to be killed.
Earlier, the news about the death of two other Keralites who joined ISIS was received in the same way.
Early this month, Murshid Muhammed, a native of Padanna in Kasaragod district, was reported to have been killed along with 36 IS militants who were killed after the US struck the terror group's position in eastern Afghanistan with a massive GBU-43 bomb, also known as the "mother of all bombs".
In February this year, information reached the relatives of 26-year-old Hafeesudin that he had been killed in a drone attack.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan last year had informed the state assembly that 21 people, including children, were missing - 17 persons from Kasargode district and four from Palakkad.