Hakoora encounter: Third militant was from Hyderabad, claims outfit

Georgia Reed
March 16, 2018

Mohammad Taufeeq a native of Manuguru of Kothagudem district of Telangana was one among three militants killed in a gun battle with security forces in Hakkora of Anantnag in Kashmir on the intervening night of Monday.

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.

The Telangana police has, while responding to the request from J&K police, confirmed the militant killed with two others Eisa Fazili and Syed Ovais Shafi - both local Kashmiris-at Hakura was a resident of that state's Bhadradri-Kothagundem district.

The details circulated in social media said Mohammed Taufeeq alias Sultan Zabul Al Hind alias Abu Zarr Al Hind came to the valley in 2017 from Hyderabad (probably Khammam). After verifying his details, police found out that he had no criminal record to his name in Telangana.

The killing of an out of the state militant is the second instance of its kind in Kashmir. The slain militants were initially affiliated to Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) but then joined Ansar Ghazwatul Hind headed by Zakir Musa.

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According to a pamphlet by the AGUH, available online, Taufeeq joined militancy in 2017 after coming to Kashmir from Hyderabad.

The bodies of Eesa and Owais were buried in graveyards in their respective localities while Toufeeq was buried at Gantamullah area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district, where generally unclaimed foreign militants are buried.

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.

However, another militant outfit, the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TeM), identified the third militant as Sabzar Ahmad Sofi.

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