Indian national from Kerala killed in Syria fighting for IS

Police said Manaf's family received the report through a Telegram messenger. Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 19, 2018, 07.34 AM (IST)

27-seven-year old Indian national Abdul Manaf has been killed fighting for Islamic State(IS) in Syria, police confirmed today.

Kannur deputy SP Sadanandan said today that Manaf's family received a message confirming his death.

Manaf's family belongs to Kerala's Valapattanam district in Kannur.

Police said Manaf's family received the report through a Telegram messenger.

Manaf was a leader of the Kerala-based Popular Front India, police said, adding that he was involved in the murder of a CPM worker in 2009.

At least six Indians have been killed in Syria fighting for the IS, reports said. At least five have been arrested by the NIA. 

Kannur has emerged as a hotbed of IS recruitment activity with at least 15 persons reported to have joined the terrorist organization in Syria.