On June 22, Indian security forces carried out an operation against a local ISIS-affiliated group in the district of Anantnag in the southern part of the Kashmir region after receiving credible intelligence, according to the Indian NDTV.
Indian security forces cornered the group in a civilian house in Anantag and managed to neutralize it after heavy clashes. Four members of the groups including its commander Dawud Sofi were reportedly killed. Two civilians were also injured and killed as a result of the clashes.
“As the joint patrol made an advance towards the suspected house, terrorists hiding inside fired indiscriminately on the security forces, due to which a policeman Ashiq Hussain and a civilian identified as Muhammad Yousuf Rather, aged 53, a resident of Nowshahar Khiram, were hit and later succumbed to their injuries,” a spokesman for the Indian Police said describing the security oepration, according to the Asian Age.
The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq confirmed the radical group’s links to the terrorists and revealed that an Indian policeman was killed and six others were injured during the clashes in Anantag. Indian sources confirmed Amaq’s claims.
Following the successful security operation, thousands of locals attended the funeral of Dawud Sofi in Anantag and clashed with Indian security forces. Photos of the protesters shows that many of them were waving the traditional Islamic “Rayat al-Uqab,” which is also the official flag of ISIS.
— Aawaz | کشمیر (@AwaazKashmir) June 23, 2018
In May, the Indian government announced a month-long unilateral ceasefire in conjunction with the holy Islamic month of Ramadan. During the ceasefire, Kashmir witnessed semi-calmness. However, these recent dangerous developments have placed the region on the edge, once again.