Eesa Fazili’s associate was south Indian, says Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind

Srinagar: Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir wing Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind today said that the unidentified militant who was killed in a gunfight in Hakoora village of south Kashmir’s Anantnag on Sunday evening along with two local militants was a south Indian from Hyderabad. 

Mohammad Eesa Fazili of Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi of Kokernag were the two local militants killed during the gunfight.

The outfit issued this statement in Al-Nasr bulletin on group’s Telegram channel in both English and Urdu languages titled “People of truth: Martyrdom of the Muhajir from India”.

“Responding to the call of Shariat or martyrdom, Mohammad Taufeeq started his jihadi journey in 2017 after making Hijrah [emigration] from India’s Hyderabad city to the mountains of Kashmir and was among the first in the ranks of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind,” the statement said

The statement also said that the purported south Indian was known by two nom de guerres like Sultan Zabul Al-Hindi and Abu Zarr Al-Hindi.

Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, which is headed by Zakir Rashid Bhat alias Zakir Musa, also released an undated picture of the purported south Indian militant along with outfit’s deputy chief Rehan Khan.

This picture was released by Zakir Musa-led Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind

On close observation, the man in the picture issued with the statement is the same person whose picture went viral on social media immediately after three militants were killed in Anantnag.

Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, however, didn’t say anything whether the purported south Indian had left their group and joined “Islamic State Kashmir” as was stated in the caption on the viral picture.

This picture went viral soon after the killing of three militants in south Kashmir’s Anantnag

Interestingly, last December, Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind issued an audio message on the 25th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, calling all Muslims in India to join jihad.

The voice in the audio clip was attributed to a person who was named as Sultan Zabul Al-Hindi. Zabul is one of the 34 provinces in Afghanistan located on the south side.

“Mujahideen are aware of all attacks on Muslims in India and we think of ways to protect them from it,” the speaker in that message is heard saying.

The Police, however, said that after all efforts to identify the militant failed to fructify, the unidentified militant was buried in Boniyar.

A news report even hinted that the unidentified militant may be from Pakistan.

“(T)he body of the unknown militant believed to be from Pakistan was buried with the help of local Auqaf on the intervening night of March 12 and 13 at around 1:30 am,” the report said.

If confirmed, it won’t be for the first time that youth from south India have come here to fight against the forces.

In 2008, two militants from Kerala were killed in a gunbattle in frontier district of Kupwara who were identified by their aliases Yasin and Fayaz. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit.

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