A family in central Kashmir’s Budgam district has claimed that their grandson, who was affiliated with Al-Qaeda militant outfit, was killed in a US drone strike in Khurasan area of Afghanistan in July this year
The family of slain Abdullah-Ibn-Aijaz, a 15-year-old militant, claimed that their grandson was among the al-Qaeda militants killed in the US drone strike.
Abdullah Ibn-Aijaz alias Abu Umair, is a son of Aijaz Ahanger, a former Kashmiri militant of Harkatul-Mujahideen, who was reported missing by his family in 1995 but had actually crossed the border and lived in Afghanistan.
Abu Umair was also grandson of Abdullah Gazali, a former chief of Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen outfit who resides at a village in Berwah pocket of central Kashmir. Ghazali, originally Abdul Ghani Dar, was one of the oldest militants when he was captured by the government forces in 1992 as the chief of TeM.
“I was arrested in 1992 and lodged at Rangret jail,” Dar, told Kashmir Reader adding that he among others he met a young, noble, sincere and handsome boy Ajaz Ahmad Ahanger, a resident of Nawakadal area of Srinagar, inside the jail. Ajaz was a militant, and was arrested and detained in the same jail,” he added. “After we were released, I decided to marry one of my daughters with him. He accepted the proposal and marriage was solemnized in 1995,” he said.
He said that after his release, Ahanger was not allowed by the forces to live a normal and peaceful life. “A few months later he went missing and didn’t return ever since,” Dar said. He said that a few months later, a militant told them on his arrival from Pakistan that he had spotted Ahanger there. He said that Ahanger later shifted to Afghanistan and remained in touch with the family on telephone. He said that the family attempted to persuade him to return but he refused. Finally, his son and wife were sent to Afghanistan on a valid passport. They (Ahanger’s wife and son) even returned in 203 and stayed with the family back home for three months.
Aijaz Ahanger has four children-two sons Abdullah and Muhammad and two daughters, Sayima and Sabra. Both his sons have joined Al-Qaida. “Abdullah Ibn Ajaz-15 was the elder son and got martyrdom on 20-July this year in US drone attack,” Dar told Kashmir Reader.
We got a call from them on Friday informing us that Abdullah-Ibn-Ajaz has been killed along with his three associates, in a drone attack. (KR).