Three militants, including Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen district commander Eisa Fazili aka Abu Yahya al Istashadi and Syed Owais Shafi alias Abu Barra, were killed in a brief encounter at Hakoora, Anantnag on March 12.
A 26-year-old man hailing from Bhadradri-Kothagudem district of Telangana, who was allegedly radicalised into the Islamic State ideology, was killed in an encounter with security forces in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir on March 12, police said. Meanwhile, the Bhadradri Kothagudem district police are collecting more information about Toufeeq's family background and how he managed to get in touch with the terror outfit in Kashmir.
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". "Further details are being verified and will be updated to the media accordingly".
On February 25, militants killed a policeman Farooq Ahmad Yatoo who was guarding house of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi at Soura, in Srinagar and the IS had claimed responsibility for the attack. "While the search was on, the hiding militants fired upon the party ensuing an encounter during which three militants were killed", they had added. The identity of the third militant was not known until local media quoted on Wednesday an Ansar statement identifying him as Taufeeq of Hyderabad.
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The killing of an out of the state militant is the second instance of its kind in Kashmir.
The body of the militant, which was not claimed by anyone, was buried in a graveyard for foreign militants in the Gantmulla area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Tuesday night.
Police have also refused to say anything on the Ansar Ghazwatul Hind though security officials say that militants from different outfits work in tandem in south Kashmir.