MUMBAI: One of the four youth from Kalyan who left their homes to join Sunni Islamist militants to defend Iraq's holy shrines has been killed in Mosul.

Arif Ejaz Majeed, an engineering student, was reportedly killed in a blast in Mosul, his relatives told the Hindustan Times.

Sahim Tanki, who had gone to Iraq with Arif Ejaz Majeed, called up the family to inform that Majeed had died in clashes in Mosul, which is one of the worst town to be affected by the fighting between Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and the Iraqi forces.

According to the Hindustan Times, Tanki told the family that Majeed sacrificed his life and is a martyr now.

All the four boys left India on July 26 with some pilgrims to Iraq and later joined ISIS.

India Today in an article mentioned: Against reports that young men from Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu are fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, a hitherto unheard-of militant organisation has posted ISIS videos with Hindi, Tamil and Urdu subtitles and jihadi literature in Hindi on the internet.

Reuters also reported that thousands of Muslims in India have signed up to defend Iraq's holy shrines and, if need be, fight Sunni Islamist militants in the country.

Denouncing the militants of the ISIL as terrorists, these Indian Muslims have filled out forms, complete with passport-size photographs and photocopied identification documents, to travel to Iraq. Source: Yahoo India


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