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Hyderabad engineering graduate who joined Islamic State dies in Syria

Haneef has died "while fighting in Syria," Intelligence sources on Tuesday said quoting his family members.

By: Press Trust of India Written by Sreenivas Janyala | Hyderabad | Updated: May 6, 2015 5:46:04 am
Islamic State, Hyderabad youth, Hyderabad Haneef has died “while fighting in Syria,” Intelligence sources on Tuesday said quoting his family members. (Source: Express Archive)

Another Indian youth, Mohammed Ateef Waseem, 27, who reportedly joined the Islamic State (IS) in February, was killed in Syria two weeks back, police officials said on Tuesday quoting his family members.

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“The text message his father received two weeks ago did not say much, except that Waseem had died and was buried there,’’ said a police official. Waseem’s family was not available for comment.

“The last time he spoke to his family was in February, when he called up to inform them that he was going to join the IS fight in Syria. He told them he was at the Turkey border,” said the official.

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Waseem, who did his B.Tech. from Shadhan College of Engineering and Technology and went to the UK for his Masters’ course about four years ago, was working in Dubai. According to officials, he visited his family in Hyderabad in September last year and got engaged to a local girl who is a Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) student.

A few days after his engagement, he left for Dubai. When he called up his father, Mohammed Aleem, in February, Waseem reportedly told him that he was not interested in marriage and he wanted to join the jihad in Syria. He reportedly called up his fiancee also, apologised to her and told her to marry someone else.

“Fearing social stigma and police investigation, neither his family members nor the girl mentioned this to anyone. About two weeks ago, his father received a text message on his phone that Waseem had died. Nobody knows how he died or where he died. The distraught family took some time to inform us,’’ said an official.

Mohammed Ateef Waseem Mohammed Ateef Waseem

Waseem’s family hails from Mancherial in Adilabad district of Telangana, where his father had a hotel and real estate business. A few years ago, they shifted to Hyderabad. His father and his two older brothers have a real estate business here.

In March, Bhatkal resident Sultan Armar was reported killed while fighting with IS forces near the town of Kobane, Syria. Armar was a leader of the Indian jihadist group Ansar al-Tauhid fi’Bilad al-Hind, which has been seeking to recruit young Muslims to fight with global jihadist groups.

There have also been unconfirmed reports that Shaheem Tanki, one of the four Thane youths who left to join the IS last year, may have been killed in the battle for Kobane.

Armar’s friend and fellow Bhatkal resident Anwar Husain was killed in the summer of 2014, fighting alongside jihadists near Kandahar in Afghanistan.

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