Kerala based engineer who joined ISIS after his conversion to Islam died in a suicide attack in Libya. According to the intelligence officials, his name had appeared in an IS document titled ‘Know your martyrs’, in which he was referred to as “Abu Bakr Al-Hind”. In the document, IS has claimed that the Kerala-based engineer is the first ‘Istishhadi’ or suicide bomber or ‘martyr’, from India to be killed on the African continent.
According to the IS document, Abu Bakr was working in Bengaluru before moving to the Gulf. There he was initially introduced to Islam through a pamphlet handed over to him while he was shopping at a market. “He was shocked to know that Muslims believe in Jesus and respected him,” said the IS document adding that Islamic terrorist wanted to know more about Islam.
Abu Bakr watched the speeches of another Islamic terrorist Anwar Al-Awlaki and he joined ISIS. Abu Bakr returned to India as his company’s contract in the Gulf expired.
Later, the IS handlers asked him to go to Libya, where its activity was going strong. “As he was an engineer and his passport had a Christian name, he flew easily to Libya,” said the document. Abu Bakr was killed in a terror operation three months after reaching Libya, The New Indian Express reported.