A 30-year-old Kerala man who married the sister of a National Security Guard (NSG) commando before slipping out of the country and joining a terror outfit has possibly been killed in a drone strike in Afghanistan.
Bexin Vincent’s family in north Kerala’s Kasargode received a message on encrypted messaging app Telegram on Saturday saying he was killed.
The message was sent by someone identified as Ashfaq Majeed, who is one among the 20-odd people who mysteriously disappeared from two Kerala districts last year and are said to have joined outfits such as the Islamic State.
More details of the case were not immediately available.
Bexin had converted from Christianity to Islam and married Nimisha, whose brother is on an NSG deputation.
When they slipped out of the country, Nimisha – who took the name Fatima after converting to Islam - was in an advanced stage of pregnancy, the family said.
Later, her mother got a message saying she gave birth to a baby boy.
Earlier this month, 23-year-old TK Murshid Mohamed, also from Kerala, was killed in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province, where the US dropped the “mother of all bombs”.
Two months ago, another man from Kerala, Hafeezuiddin (24), was killed in a drone attack in Afghanistan.
Telegram, an internet-based communication app like WhatsApp, is the preferred mode of communication of Islamic State. Messages sent on Telegram self-destruct after 24 hours.