January 2018 News

Police Discover ISIS Chat Group, Learn That They Killed First Kashmir IS Member In 2017

9 January 2018
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir police recently unearthed a closed instant messaging group of the ISIS on 'Telegram' and learned that they had killed the first IS member from Srinagar, Mugees Ahmad, alias Khattab, of Parimpora, in an encounter at Zukara, in Srinagar, on November 17, 2017. A police sub-inspector, Inam Tak, had been killed in that encounter and an SPO injured. The Telegram chat group al-Qarar, according to the police, said Mugees Ahmad, the first Islamic State operative from Kashmir, was the terrorist killed on November 17 last year. The chat group, which claims it is ISJK's official messaging channel, also calls for attacks in the state. It has claimed that Mugees Ahmad, alias Khattab, resident of Parimpora in Srinagar, who got killed in a shootout in Zakura area of Srinagar, was the first militant of the organisation,' a top J&K police officer said in a communique to all state police chiefs. Thousands had gathered at Parimpora on November 18 to attend the funeral prayers of Mugees Ahmad Mir. Though Mugees was considered a top commander of the Al-Qaeda linked Ansar Gazwat-ul-Hind, the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TeM) had claimed Mugees was its district commander. Interestingly, people at the funeral had raised slogans against the Hurriyat Conference. Eyewitnesses had said the militant's mother had been demanding that funeral prayers be deferred till people from south Kashmir arrived at the funeral because Mugees had several hideouts in south Kashmir. Three militants, including Mugees, had been driving near Zukra crossing, near the university campus in Hazratbal, Srinagar, on November 17 last year when they were intercepted by a police party, resulting in a brief encounter in which Mugees was killed and one militant arrested. The third militant fled, police had said.