New Delhi, Apr 25: The security agencies in India could heave a sigh of relief with the death of Shafi Armar. This 26 year old who is a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka was the alleged headhunter or recruiter for the ISIS in India. He is said to have been killed in an airstrike in Syria.
Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that they have received information regarding his death. We are confirming the same, the officer informed.
The death of Shafi comes a year after his brother Sultan Armar, the emir of the Ansar-ut-Tawhid was killed in Syria. Known as the Armar brothers, they founded the AuT with an intention of recruiting Indians into the ISIS. After the death of Sultan, it was Shafi who was running the outfit.
The death of the Armar brothers
The Armar brothers hail from Bhatkal in Karnataka. Both were initially part of the Indian Mujahideen, but broke away as they did not want to work under the control of the ISI. They felt that the ISIS provided a better agenda and hence joined the outfit.
IB officials say that it appears he was killed in an air strike in Syria. He was part of the Hind camp of the ISIS in Syria. In fact Shafi had recently been in the news after a major module of the ISIS was busted in India by the National Investigation Agency.
While the outfit that Shafi ran was called as the AuT, for the Indian operations he operated under the banner of Janood al Khalifa Hind. Officials say that they are getting the information confirmed.
There is still nothing on the ISIS websites or social media accounts regarding Shafi. When Sultan had died, several of his supporters had paid tributes to him.