November 2017 News

ISIS Claims First Attack In Kashmir's Zakura; DGP Says It's A Matter Of Investigation

19 November 2017
India Today

Srinagar: The ISIS propaganda wing Amaq News Agency has claimed that they carried the attack in Zakura area of Srinagar on November 17. In the statement released by the terror group, they have taken the responsibility for killing a police officer in the Valley at Zakura. However, Jammu & Kashmir's DGP, S P Vaidya expressed serious doubt on ISIS's claim by saying, 'It is yet to be verified. I don't think ISIS has any imprints here.' On Friday, a shootout took place in the area during which one police sub-inspector Imran Tak was killed, while an SPO was injured. In the retaliatory action, one militant Mugees Ahmad Mir was killed while another was apprehended by the security forces. Mugees's body was wrapped in black ISIS flag with Kalima (first fundamental of Islam) inscribed on it. Mugees was believed to be part of Zakir Musa group which claims to be a wing of Al-Qaeda in the valley. However, with this development the security forces are now trying to investigate the issue further. It is being checked whether this ISIS message was just propaganda or was it the Zakir Musa faction that carried out the attack. Musa, it may be recalled had quit the Hizbul Mujahideen and floated his own outfit earlier this year. In recent times there has been plenty of ISIS propaganda floating around in the Valley. Flags of the outfit have been raised several times. But the security agencies have rubbished the idea that ISIS has any organisational capability in the valley. They have always seen the display of flags as mere acts of propaganda.