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Police admit ISIS presence in J-K as Islamic State claims responsibility for killing cop

SNS | New Delhi |

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the killing of a policeman in Jammu-Kashmir on Sunday, 25 February.

Both the government and the J-K Police had earlier ruled out the involvement of the barbaric terrorist group in the attack on the house of the separatist leader Fazal Haq Qureshi, one of the two attacks that rocked the state on Sunday.

In the latest reports, it has come to light that Police has admitted the presence of ISIS  in the valley.

According to a report in NDTV, the state police Chief SP Vaid said that it is now clear that ISIS carried the attack and it is “indeed a worrying sign”.

“It is now clear that attack too, was carried out by ISIS and they were wrong to deny it” NDTV quoted Vaid as saying. He, however, added that it seems the attack was actually carried by only a few people driven by ISIS ideology.

According to reports, Farooq Ahmad Yatoo was one of the two cops on duty at the house when the terrorists attacked. The terrorists reportedly called out the cop before shooting him. They also decamped with a rifle. Yatoo succumbed to his injuries later in the day.

Reports say that the Islamic State has claimed responsibility of the killing in Al Amaq – the news outlet linked to the terror group.

“Assassinated an element of police in firing near city of Srinagar in Kashmir yesterday,” the Indian Express quoted Al Amaq as saying.

While the J-K police is investigating the attack, this is the second time the IS has claimed responsibility for an attack in J-K since the November 2017 attack in Zakura area of Srinagar which left two security force personnel dead.