Bengaluru, April 26: The National Investigation Agency is yet to get a confirmation on the death of Shafi Armar, an alleged recruiter for the ISIS in India.
Yesterday some Intelligence Bureau reports suggested that Armar may have died in an air strike in Syria. While most officials confirmed the news, the NIA wanted to double check on the same as he is on their list of most wanted persons.
The confusion is however being caused since there is no real detail on his exact whereabouts. Those arrested by the NIA in a nation wide raid by the NIA were also not sure about his locations. While some stated that he was in Abu Dhabi others felt that he may have been in Syria.
More confirmation needed:
The NIA says that there is still some confirmation needed. It is difficult to ascertain such information so soon. There have been times when operatives have faked their death only to reduce the heat on them.
The first information regarding the death of Armar came from the Americans who believe had killed him in an air strike.
Normally when such an important operatives dies, there are tributes flowing on the social media accounts run by the ISIS. This was noticed in the case of his brother Sultan Armar. Even in the case of Sultan the news about his death was on and off for long.
In the case of Sultan the news about his death made the rounds at least five times. It was only once his followers put out tributes on the social media accounts and announced that Shafi would replace him did the confirmation come by.
For us to have the news of Shafi confirmed is important. He is wanted by us in several cases of alleged recruitments into the ISIS from India, the NIA official also said.