Top Islamic State commander killed in Kashmir's Shopian

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India May 10, 2019, 04.27 PM(IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

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According to sources, Ishfaq Sofi, a top terror commander was also featured in group's Al Risala magazine a few months ago and was among the few ISJK men left in the state. 

Security forces on Friday morning killed a top terrorist associated with the Jammu and Kashmir unit of the Islamic state (ISJK) in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. 

According to sources, Ishfaq Sofi, a top terror commander was also featured in group's Al Risala magazine a few months ago and was among the few ISJK men left in the state. 

Acting on a specific input about the presence of terrorists in the area, the joint forces of J&K Police, Indian Army and the CRPF launched a pre-dawn operation to flush out the hiding terrorists.

The ISJK hasn’t come to the spotlight in the Valley given the less ground support and tiff with other pro-Pakistan outfits. The police here have been maintaining that the ISJK wasn’t an immediate threat but needs to be looked into. 

Over the years, the terror outfit has been instrumental in spreading online propaganda using magazines and videos to lure people into joining them in the state. 

According to sources, Ishfaq Sofi’s interview was published in Al Risalah magazine, an ISJK propaganda magazine, in which he narrated his journey from pro-Pakistan Harkat-ul-Mujahideen to joining the ISJK. He lashed out at Hizbul and other pro-Pakistan outfits in the interview.