An ISIS terrorist from Kerala carried out yet another deadly terrorist attack on a prison in Afghanistan. According to an intelligence report, Kasaragod native Kallukettiya Purayil Ijaz carried out the attack on Jalalabad prison on Sunday.
At least 29 people had been killed and 48 others wounded in the attack, according to Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province. The casualties included civilians, inmates and security forces, he said. 10 IS terrorists were also killed in the counterattack by security forces. One of the dead terrorists was identified as Ijaz. His wife Rahila, is currently in the custody of Afghan agencies.
The Islamic State on Tuesday released a photograph of attackers of the jail attack. According to the ISIS statement, there were three Indian, one Pakistani, three Afghan and three Tajik terrorists involved in the attack.
General Yasin Zia, the chief of staff of the Afghan Army, who reached the city to oversee the operations said that all the 10 assailants were neutralised by the security forces. At least 48 people were wounded in the attack even as 29 others were killed, Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the governor of Nangarhar Province, was cited as saying by The New York Times.
Abu Khalid also hails from Kasargod district of Kerala. In 2017, the NIA had registered a case against five people, including Abu Khalid, from Valapattanam in Kannur district for their alleged IS links.