Third militant killed in Hakoora gunfight was from Telangana

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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.

The Telangana police has, while responding to the request from J&K police, confirmed the militant killed with two others Eisa Fazili and Syed Ovais Shafi - both local Kashmiris-at Hakura was a resident of that state's Bhadradri-Kothagundem district. According to reports, this could be the first time that a militant outside the state died to fight in Kashmir.

The man, identified as 26-year-old Taufeeq, was among three killed in an encounter with security forces on Monday night. However, further details were being verified, it added.

A key document that was recovered from the possession of slain al-Qaeda militant Mohammed Toufeeq helped security forces in South Kashmir identify and confirm that he was from Telangana.

On February 25, militants killed a policeman Farooq Ahmad Yatoo who was guarding house of Hurriyat leader Fazal Haq Qureshi at Soura, in Srinagar and the IS had claimed responsibility for the attack.

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Eesa and his associates were allegedly involved in the killing of a policeman in Srinagar last month and the terror-outfit Islamic State (IS) had claimed responsibility for the attack. It is learned that he was one of the militants who were in the top ranks of the outfit.

Jammu and Kashmir police say there is no concrete evidence of IS presence in Kashmir but acknowledged that there could be individuals influenced by the outfit's ideology.

On Tuesday evening, Al Nasr, which some believe is the news bulletin of Ansar ul Gazwat ul Hind, said that the third militant was from Telangana and identified him as Mohammad Toufeeq.

"The development is worth examining but it definitely is not a pattern".