Sparing no one, security forces slay down top Islamic State commander Ishfaq Sofi

News Bharati    10-May-2019

Shopian, May 10: In a fierce fight to end terrorism, the 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.

 

The police official informed that the slain terrorist was identified as Ishfaq Sofi. He was a top terror commander 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 Islamic State Jammu & Kashmir has not come into limelight 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.

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. Ishfaq was perhaps the last surviving terrorist of So-called Islamic State Jammu & Kashmir (ISJK).