Intelligence officials have revealed that the suicide bomber involved in Afghanistan’s Jalalabad prison break attack on Sunday evening has been identified as Kalukettiya Purayil Ijas who hailed from Kasargod, Kerala, journalist Rahul Pandita tweeted.
“Top intelligence sources reveal that the suicide bomber in Jalalabad jail attack in Afghanistan is Kalukettiya Purayil Ijas from Kasargod, Kerala,” he wrote in a Twitter post.
Ijas had fled with his family to Khorasan in June 2016 via Muscat from Hyderabad airport. His wife Rafaela and child are in custody of Afghan authorities.
— Rahul Pandita (@rahulpandita) August 4, 2020
At least 29 people were killed after some 30 Islamic State (IS) terrorists attacked a prison in the eastern city of Jalalabad, leading to over 1,000 prisoners attempting to flee.
Over 300 succeeded in their attempts and are still not traced.
Pandita also said, Ijas had fled India in June 2016 with his family and had reached Iran’s Khorasen via Muscat, while also adding that his wife Rafaela and child are in custody of Afghanistan security authorities.
The attack began with a car bomb blast outside the prison gate followed by several other blasts, after which the IS gunmen opened fire on the security personnel.