9th September: Propaganda network of Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) the Al-Tazkirah Media announced death of its militant Asif Nazir Dar, alias Abu Anwar al-Kashmiri, in Srinagar district of India-administered Kashmir.
According to a statement released by ISJK’s spokesperson Abu Jundal al-Kashmiri, Abu Anwar was ‘betrayed’ by ‘Pakistani intelligence agents’ on the orders of Riyaz Naikoo (commander of pro-Pakistan Jihadi group Hizbul Mujahideen) on 31st March 2018, who beat Abu Anwar and took away his weapons and left him with small arms. The statement goes on to threaten Pakistani state but also clarifies that Abu Anwar was eventually killed by Indian agencies and not Hizbul Mujahideen (Abu Anwar’s former group). The ISJK release also states another ISJK militant Abu Jaffa al-Pulwami was also killed alongside Abu Anwar al-Kashmiri.
Statement released by ISJK spokesman Abu Jundal al-Kashmiri.
According to reports in Indian media, unidentified men shot dead a man in Srinagar’s Hazratbal area, who was later identified as Asif Nazir Dar. Indian police also recovered a pistol from the spot. A Indian police spokesman was quoted as saying about Asif Nazir, “Initially he had joined the proscribed terror outfit HM (Hizbul Mujahideen) but later got associated with the Eisa Fazili group of terrorists (ISJK).”
The statement released by ISJK spokesman also features three images of Abu Anwar al-Kashmiri, including a group photo with other top ISJK militants Abu Barra al-Kashmiri and Abu Yahya al-Istishadi.
There’s still some confusion about who really killed Abu Anwar al-Kashmiri.