Jammu And Kashmir Cop Shot Dead, Allegedly By Islamic State

The slain constable, Shamim Ahmad, was stationed at a guard post in Wardwan area. On Friday as Ahmad was about leave for a nearby mosque, terrorists appeared outside the guard post and held-up the selection grade constable.

The terrorists then asked Ahmad to take them to the guard post, however, he raised an alarm and the alert jawans inside the post foiled the weapon snatching bid. Ahmad who was shot at by the terrorists was critically injured and succumbed at a local hospital.

Even though the authorities are yet to identify those behind the attack, the Islamic State claimed responsibility for the act through its official news agency, Amaq. This is for the third time that Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a militant attack in Kashmir.

As per reports in Indian Express, Sources in J&K Police said eyewitness accounts hint towards the role of a recent militant recruit, Esa Fazili. “There were apprehensions that Esa may have links with the Islamic State,” a senior police officer privy to probe details said. “Yesterday’s incident, and the IS claim, has given credence to such reports.”

A resident of Soura, Esa Fazili was studying engineering at Baba Ghulam Shah Badshah (BGSB) University in Rajouri before joining the militant ranks in August last year, sources said. They said Fazili had initially joined the Zakir Musa-led group of militants but when Zakir announced setting up Ansar Ghazwatul Hind, an Al Qaeda affiliate, in Kashmir, Fazili had differences, as he was more inclined towards the Islamic State.