- Murshid was among 21 who had gone missing from Kerala last year
- Telegram messages to parents claim he has been killed in Afghanistan
- Not yet known if US MOAB or drone strike killed him
It is not known yet whether Murshid was killed in the massive GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb or MOAB strike on a deep tunnel complex in Afghanistan, or in a US drone attack.
The MOAB, also called the "Mother Of All Bombs", hit ISIS hideouts in the Achin district in eastern Nangarhar province on Thursday, killing at least 36 members of the ISIS, according to Afghan officials. The GBU-43/B is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, the US Air Force said.
The National Investigative Agency or NIA, which handles terror cases in India, is trying to confirm Murshid's death. Two other young men from Kerala who are believed to have joined the ISIS allegedly messaged their parents yesterday to say that they had survived the US bombing in Nangarhar and had moved to safer areas.
Murshid Muhammed's parents reached their hometown of Padna in Kasargod district of Kerala today and said they did not wish to speak publicly, only stating that "what our son did is wrong."
The suspected ISIS members are allegedly in touch with their families through the Telegram app, which allows a message to "self-destruct" or get automatically deleted in some time.
Two months ago, a 24-year-old T K Hafeesudeen was killed in a drone attack in Afghanistan. He too was from Padna.