Srinagar: Police on late Wednesday ratified the claim of Al-Qaeda’s Kashmir wing Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind which had identified a slain militant in the Valley as south Indian from Hyderabad city.
The militant was killed in a gunfight with government forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district during the intervening night of 11 and 12 March along with two local militants who were identified as Eesa Fazili from Srinagar and Syed Owais Shafi from Kokernag.
“It is learnt that M(ohamma)d Toufeeq, age 26 years, N/o Manuguru died in an encounter with security forces on night 11/12march in Hakkora of Anantnag district along with two other Kashmiri militants. He was radicalized into Islamic State ideology through social media and went to Kashmir to participate in terrorist activities of ISIS. He was not wanted in any of the criminal cases in Telengana state. Further details are being verified and will be updated to the media accordingly,” J&K DGP SP Vaid tweeted.
Toufeeq was buried in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Monday evening, police said.
Earlier, a statement issued by Zakir Musa-led Ansar Gazwatu-ul-Hind said that Taufeeq, known by his noms de guerre Abu Zarr Al-Hindi and Sultan Zabul Al-Hindi, had joined the militant ranks in the Valey in 2017.
“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 had said.
Interestingly, a viral picture of Toufeeq on the social media claimed that the militant was earlier associated with Zakir’s group and later joined “Islamic State Kashmir”. However, Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind remained tight-lipped about this matter.
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.