A senior Islamic State (IS) leader, who was responsible for recruiting people from India, has been killed in a drone strike by the United States (US) in Syria recently.
Mohammad Shafi Armar alias Yousuf was considered close to IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his duties included helping the IS get a hold in India. Recruits of the terror group arrested over the past few months in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala are reported to have told the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the police that the deceased was on the job to set up IS units across India.
The authorities have come to know that Shafi’s links with the terror group in 2013, which came out in the open during Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal’s interrogation.
It is suspected that Shafi was in touch with 600 to 700 youngsters on closed Facebook, Surespot, WhatsApp and it is believed that he had recruited some of them. Shafi’s, 26 belongs to Bhatkal in Karnataka and his elder brother Sultan Armar was killed in a similar action.