Third militant killed in Hakoora gunfight was from Telangana

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On March 11, three terrorists were killed by security forces in an encounter.

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. Kothagudem district superintendent of police Ambar Kishor Jha confirmed this in a brief statement.

Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGUH) - an organization which allegedly has links with the al-Qaeda in Kashmir said the slain militant Taufeeq was from Hyderabad.

Sources said Toufeeq, who was radicalised through social media, initially meant to join ISIS. "While the search was on, the hiding militants fired upon the party ensuing an encounter during which three militants were killed", they had added. Police sources said Taufeeq came to Kashmir a year ago and joined Qaeda's Kashmir unit in 2017.

The killing of an out of the state militant is the second instance of its kind in Kashmir. "After claims on social media we are further checking details", the report mentioned.

Soon after the encounter got over late on Monday, J&K Police had identified two of the militants killed as Mohammad Eisa Fazili (22) of Soura, Srinagar, and Syed Owais Shafi (22) of Kokernag, Islamabad, and the third as a foreigner.

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.

Mohammad Taufiq joined the terror front in 2017 and reached Kashmir.

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.

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