A magazine known to be associated with the Islamic State claimed that the suicide bomber who targeted Kabul airport while teeming with people seeking to leave last month, killing more than 200 people, was arrested in India five years ago and then deported to Afghanistan.
Identifying the suicide bomber as “Abdur Rahman al-logri,” pro-ISIS magazine Sawt-al-Hind (Voice of India) said: “The brother was arrested 5 years ago in India, while he had traveled to Delhi to perform Operation Istishadhi (martyrdom) on the Hindu-worshiping ciw (cow) in revenge on Kashmir.
The magazine said he was behind the Kabul airport bombing, adding that he killed 250, including 13 Americans and a dozen “apostate” Taliban.
Sources in the Indian security establishment have neither confirmed nor denied the magazine’s claims. In 2017, Indian intelligence services deported an Afghan national staying in Lajpat Nagar, Delhi, suspected of working for the Islamic State, and US forces detained him in Afghanistan.
Greeting the attacker, Sawt-al-Hind said: “… the brother was put to the test of imprisonment and was deported to Afghanistan… True to his promise to Allah, the brother did not return home. he rather performed his operation, his heart filled with tranquility and pleasure, we regard him as such and Allah is his judge.
He said that before the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the Kabul airport had thousands of “Afghan bureaucrats trying to leave with their families, as well as traitors and murderers of Muslims.”
Sources said that the interrogation of the Afghan national who was deported by India in 2017 led to several anti-ISIS operations carried out by US forces in Afghanistan.
The Indian Express reported on the youngster, who was in his mid-twenties, in July 2018, claiming he was part of a group of 12 ISIS members sent after training in Pakistan to carry out attacks in the region. An 18-month surveillance operation in Afghanistan, Dubai and New Delhi had provided intelligence on the 12, the Afghan national, the “son of a wealthy businessman”, given New Delhi as a target.
The Research & Analysis Wing (R&AW) first spotted a suspicious transfer of $ 50,000 by individuals under its surveillance from Dubai to a location in Afghanistan, which led to the surveillance. At the same time, intelligence was shared by the United States with New Delhi on the capital being a possible target for an IS strike.
The Express reported that as part of his undercover mission, the young Afghan was admitted to a private engineering school on the outskirts of Delhi, along the highway to Faridabad. Initially, he lived in the university hostel but later rented an apartment in Lajpat Nagar.