Al-Qaeda-linked Twitter accounts and online jihadi groups Tuesday announced “martyrdom” of an Indian-origin British fighter with al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front in Syria.
As per these accounts, Abu Basir al Hindi was killed fighting Syrian regime forces in western Syria’s Latakia, which borders Turkey.
Also posted were purported images of the slain jihadi—always seen with his face covered—and videos in which he speaks about the ‘martyrdom’ of other foreign fighters in the al-Nusra Front.
Online groups linked to al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) also posted photos of the Indian-origin British fighter, calling him an “Indian brother”.
“What a Victory ya Abu Baseer… Indian brother got martyred fighting Russians, Iranian & Bashar forces in Syria…May Allah accept him,” said one post.
Another stated, “Abu Baseer is a brother who left everything behind to help Oppressed Muslims of Syria.”
Jihadi Twitter accounts using the “#Basirathon” hashtag claimed that Abu Basir al Hindi had filmed several videos during battles fought by the outfit. One such account tweeted: “Abu Basir #Basirathon was the one who filmed the muj storming the Assad positions. He was Inghimassi with a camera”.
Inghimasi is a term used by jihadi outfits such as the Islamic State and al-Nusra front to describe a suicide attacker who engages in guerilla warfare and activates his or her suicide belt as a last resort.
Syrian government officials have, in the past, brought to the notice of Indian authorities that Indian-origin jihadi fighters have been found fighting with rebels in Syria.