Ashfaqe Mohamed (23), missing from Kasargode in north Kerala, has sent a message to his sister on the secure online communication platform Telegram informing her about his well being and requesting his relatives to join him. However, he did not disclose his location.
“The message originated from Afghanistan country code 93. We suspect some of the missing persons might have reached the Tora Bora region of eastern Afghanistan,” said a senior intelligence official.
Upset with his mysterious disappearance, his sister said that he had made their life miserable. Hearing this, he got angry and started explaining about the righteousness and honour of the Islamic State, after which the conversation ended abruptly.
On May 28, Ashfaqe left his home saying that he was going to Kozhikkode (north Kerala) for Quran classes. A week later, he told his parents he was leaving for Sri Lanka. His parents alerted the police when they received a message a month later, saying he had “reached the final destination, abode of Allah”.
Meanwhile, Ijas Muhammad, also from Kerala who had disappeared mysteriously, had sent a similar audio message to his parents informing them that he has reached his destination and they need not look for him anymore.