The Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) has claimed in the 20th issue of its propaganda magazine, Voice of Hind, that the suicide bomber, who had attacked Kabul airport last month, was caught in Delhi five years ago.
The responsibility of the suicide bomb attack outside Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on August 26 was claimed by ISIS-K.
The new edition of the IS magazine Voice of Hind said: “By the grace of Allah, a soldier of the Khilafah, Abdur Rahman al-Logri, carried out an istishadhi (suicide attack) operation. The brother was arrested five years ago in India, when he had travelled to Delhi to carry out an istishadhi operation on the cow-worshipping Hindus in revenge for Kashmir.”
“But Allah had decreed otherwise, the brother was tested with imprisonment and was deported to Afghanistan. Staying true to his promise to Allah, the brother didn’t go home, rather carried out his operation, his heart filled with tranquility and pleasure,” it said.
However, the magazine’s 20th edition did not say anything about the operation in Delhi or how and when he was arrested.
This development has alarmed the Indian intelligence agencies as an operation had taken place in 2016 in which an Afghan suicide bomber was tracked down to a college on the Delhi-Haryana border and arrested.
Assembling IEDs for carrying out what could have been the first suicide bombing by IS in the country, the suspect was flown back to Afghanistan after being captured in a covert operation.
The coalition forces then based on information they got from his interrogation had undertaken an operation against IS.
A subsequent offensive had resulted in a massive blow to ISKP with over 500 terrorists being take out in the bombings that followed. The suspect, code named Ham, was later jailed in Afghan prison. Initial information with an agency suggests that he may been freed during a jailbreak orchestrated by IS early August and then used to carry out the Kabul airport bombing during the exit of the US forces from the country, according to a Times of India report.