The Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, the Kashmir based Al-Qaida affiliate led by former Hizbul Mujahideen commander and dreaded terrorist Zakir Musa, who later pleaded allegiance with Islamic State has owned Mohammad Taufiq and confirmed his killing on of 11/12 March at Hakoora of South Kashmir's Anantnag. Mohammad Taufeeq, 26, was a native of Maguru in Telangana's Bhadradi Kothagudem district.
Three terrorists were killed in a brief encounter with the security forces in Anantnag. The letter further stated that it had been circulated in social media that one terrorist among the three was from Hyderabad.
The other alleged militants, gunned down in the Hakoora area of Anantnag district, were identified as Eisa Fazili and Syed Owais Shafi.
A key document that was recovered from the possession of slain al-Qaeda militant Mohammed Toufeeq helped security forces in South Kashmir identify and confirm that he was from Telangana. They belonged to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit. He reached the valley in 2017 and joined the outfit.More news: Case Keenum To Sign With Denver Broncos
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The group had claimed that he was among the first to join their ranks and was known by the jihadi name of Sultan Zabul Al Hind and Abu Zarr Al Hindi. Police released the statement after the claims of IS and Ansar-ul-Gazwat-ul-Hind, an Al Qaeda franchise in Kashmir that the third militant was a resident of Hyderabad. "As of now, the third militant was a foreigner".
Toufeeq was buried in north Kashmir's Baramulla district on Monday evening, police said.
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.
Jammu and Kashmir police say there is no concrete evidence of IS presence in Kashmir but acknowledged that there could be individuals influenced by the outfit's ideology.