Friday, 1 July 2016

Kerala 21 #9: Firooz Khan

Name: Feroze Khan
Age: 24
Provenance: Trikkaripur village, Kasargode

At Elambachi village, near Trikkaripur, 22-year-old BCom graduate Firoz’s mother still breaks down when asked about her eldest who went missing.

“He had completed a course in accountancy from Bengaluru. He left for Kozhikode in the last week of June for special prayers during Ramadan and promised to return for Eid. But on the eve of Eid, he called us from a Mumbai number to say he was not coming back.

Since then, he hasn’t contacted us,” said Firoz’s father, Habeeb Haji.
Asked about the change in his son’s life, Haji said, “He started showing more interest in religious matters after a Salafi masjid came up in the village. It was in the recent past that he started showing an unusual interest in Islam.”

Islamic State suspect from Trikaripur killed in Syria

Published: 31st May 2017 05:01 AM  (New Indian Express)

KASARGOD: Another IS suspect from Kerala was reportedly killed in Syria, according to text messages sent from Afghanistan.Firoz Khan,24, of Elambachi near Trikaripur was reportedly killed in Syria. His relatives have not yet confirmed the news.

Of the 21 persons who left Kerala to join the Islamic State, only Khan managed to sneak into Syria. The rest of them were holed up at Nangarhar province in Afghanistan, said Abdul Rasheed, the leader of the group, in messages sent to a WhatsApp group he managed. Last May, when the group went missing from their homes in Padna, Trikaripur and Palakkad, there were reports the Mumbai police had taken Khan into custody.

The NIA had, however, denied the reports. Last month, Rasheed said in a WhatsApp group ‘Message to Kerala’  Khan had reached the IS land in Syria. He used forged documents to leave the country as his passports were impounded by authorities.

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