Militant from Telangana killed in J&K encounter

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The militant killed in gunfight with the forces at Hakoora in South Kashmir's Anantnag district on March 12 hailed from southern state of Telangana and was driven by Islamic state ideology, police said.

Police said Taufeeq had not been in touch with his family since 2016, when he had gone to Hyderabad to look for a job.His family told police that he had pursued a civil engineering diploma in Wanaparthy town, but Bhadradri Kothagudem district SP Ambar Kishor Jha said they were yet to get confirmation.

The black ISIS flags were waved during funeral of Eisa while body of Toufeeq was buried in a graveyard in north Kashmir, where police usually bury the bodies of foreign militants killed in encounters in the Valley.

The senior superintendent of police, Anantnag, had earlier flashed a letter to the DGP of Telangana informing him about the killing of three militants in the encounter in the district's Hakura village and seeking the information on the third militant who, he said, was probably from Hyderabad. "After claims on social media we are further checking details", the report mentioned. The outfit unit is led by wanted militant leader Zakir Musa.

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Ghazwatul Hind on its website Al-Nasr, has claimed that the militant, who was not identified and declared as a foreigner by the police, was a resident of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh. Police sources said Taufeeq came to Kashmir a year ago and joined Qaeda's Kashmir unit in 2017.

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. "As of now, the third militant was a foreigner".

Counter-insurgency expert, Ajai Sahni, said that people from other parts of India joining militancy in Kashmir are "aberrations" and not frequent occurrences.