New Delhi, Nov 23: Kashmiri youth has become a soft target for terror groups and now it has been reported that the Himalayan state might have become a recruitment hub for Pakistan-based militant group al-Qaeda.
Media reports claimed that al-Qaeda selects Kashmiri youth and sends them to Pakistan for training. The shocking report surfaced just a day after the news which confirmed that a Kashmiri youth has been killed during a drone attack in Pakistan.
A family, residents of south Kashmir, on Sunday, Nov 22 confirmed that the al-Qaeda operative killed in a US drone attack in Pakistan's north Waziristan earlier in 2015 was their son.
The Kashmiri youth, who reportedly had joined al-Qaeda and crossed border to reach Pakistan, was identified as Muhammad Ashraf Dar.
He was a resident of Nagam village in Anantnag district. Ashraf's family members identified him after watching a video released by the publicity wing of the terror organisation.
Though the terror group claimed that the youth shown in the video was a resident of 'Islamabad area of Kashmir', Ashraf's family members confirmed that the slain terrorist was their son.
The al-Qaeda operative was killed on Jan 5, 2015 in a US drone attack in north Waziristan and the terror group later released the video showing Ashraf Dar speaking to others in the group to eulogize the slain operatives.
The family confirmed that Dar, then 15-year-old, had crossed over to Pakistan administered part of Kashmir in 2001 to acquire training in firearms as a Hizbul Mujahideen cadre.
(With agency inputs)