Kashmir: Agencies verifying IS claim of policeman’s killing, MHA sceptical

Srinagar: Intelligence agencies are verifying claims by a news agency affiliated to the Islamic State (IS) that militants associated with the outfit had killed a policeman in Srinagar’s Soura area on Sunday, a media report said on Tuesday, adding that the Home Ministry officials are sceptical of outfit’s presence in the Valley.

Constable Farooq Ahmed Yatoo, posted as a guard at Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi’s residence in Soura, was killed when unidentified militants fired on him and decamped with his service rifle.

On Monday, Amaq news agency, the official channel of the IS, released a message that Sunday’s killing was the second attack by IS militants in the past four months.

Last year, Amaq claimed its first attack in Zakura area on the outskirts of Srinagar on 17 November where a police Sub-Inspector was killed and a Special Police Officer injured.

However, the assertion had a serious flaw as the IS claimed that they have killed a “Pakistani policeman”.

Amaq erroneously announced last year that a Pakistani policeman has been killed in Zakura, Srinagar

Mugees Ahmed, a local militant who was owned by Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TM), was killed in the same shootout.

An hour after Amaq’s claims, Al Qaraar, a newly created social media group of the IS, also posted a message that the policeman was killed by its members and his rifle was taken away as “war spoil”.

The message had Yatoo’s picture and a photograph of the rifle allegedly snatched from him.

“We are verifying the claims. IS has no presence in Kashmir Valley,” said a senior Home Ministry official.

Ironically, in both the claims by the group so far, the Arabic spelling of the word “Srinagar” is different.

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