16-year-old Fardeen Ahmed khanday was among three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants who were killed after mounting a 'fidayeen' (suicide) attack on paramilitary CRPF training camp at Lethpora area of Pulwama district on Sunday.
Fardeen was a resident of Nazneen pora of Tral District. Before joining militancy (Jaish-e-Mohammad) , he was a class 10th student at Iqra English Medium School in Mandoora of Tral. Fardeen was the eldest among his siblings.
Fardeen's father, Ghulam Mohudin Khanday is a constable in Jammu & Kashmir police and his mother Wazeera a housewife. On 17 September 2017, Fardeen khanday joined militancy after the death of his neighbourhood friend Aqib Molvi , who was commander from Hizbul Mujahideen.
It has been difficult for Fardeen's family to accept this reality. Fardeen was pious, kind & would regularly go to Masjid, offering prayers, says his cousin. He was never part of protests or stone pelting & he was never discussing politics or issue of Kashmir. He was spending his most of the time with his studies & books.
But something changed after the death of Aquib Molvi. Fardeen behaviour changed and so did his lifestyle. Fardeen left everyone in shock when his picture, posing with AK-47 which went viral on social media. Before the attack, Fardeen had purportedly recorded a video message which has gone viral on social media. In this eight minute video, he talks about various attacks on security establishments in Kashmir.
"By the time this video reaches you, I would be a guest in heaven", said Fardeen in the video.
Fardeen recorded this video in urdu language. He said that militancy has no connection with unemployment. Rather it's the occupation, & oppression which is forcing them to pick up the arms. In this video Fardeen is seen urging Muslims of India to join the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant outfit. At the end of this video Fardeen, hails the role of Maulana Masood Azhar, Muhammad Afzal Guru and others.
Fardeen was killed along with his three associates after they carried out a pre-dawn fidayeen attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) training centre in Lethpora area of Awantipora in Pulwama district, on Sunday. The attack left five CRPF personnel and three militants dead.The two terrorists killed by security forces were identified as Manzoor Ahmad Baba of Pulwama and Fardeen Ahmad Khanday of Tral, however the third militant has not been identified yet.