The Kashmir police has identified the militants who were killed on Friday in Anantnag in south Kashmir as Dawood Ahmad Sofi from Srinagar, Majid Manzoor Dar from Pulwama, Aadil Rehman Bhat from Bijbehara and Mohammad Ashraf Itoo from Srigufwara.
A senior police informed, “Sofi, 33, was involved in stone-throwing cases, before joining the ISJK. He was behind the killing of two policemen and suspected in a rifle-snatching incident in Srinagar.”
The 4 militants were earlier Affiliated to the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM). According to their social media profiling and inputs, the militants are supposed to have been inspired by the IS module.
Previously on March 11 three other militants affiliated with the IS were killed in south Kashmir. According to the police, Zakir Musa is the head of the IS group and its strength lies in single digit now.
While during the encounter, a Special Operations Group (SoG) man, Ashiq Hussian was also shot dead. According to reports, two Army men were also injured.
After reports of severe stone pelting in Anantnag and near the Jamia Masjid, internet services have been suspended for some time.
Abdul Rahman Veeri, the leader of People's Democratic Party affirmed, “I am dismayed over the civilian casualty in Khiram. It’s painful to see innocents becoming victims and families suffering."