November 2017 News

No Authoritative Info On ISIS Presence In JK: GoI

20 November 2017
PTI


New Delhi: The Government of India (GoI) Monday sought to downplay Islamic State's presence in Jammu and Kashmir saying there is no authoritative information on presence of the militant group in the State. 'There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir,' a senior home ministry official said. The comment came in the wake of claims that the international militant organization ISIS was involved in an encounter with forces in Zakura area of Srinagar in which a militant Mugees Ahmed and a police sub-inspector, Imran Tak, were killed. 'Amaq', which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack. Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the ISIS group during funeral. However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to an extremist group called Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander. The Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said. However, the police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said. The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons. Officials said the Tehrik-Ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence. After the killing of Mujees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group's commander in Pulwama district.

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