Islamic state’s chief India recruiter Mohammed Shafi Armar has died in a US airstrike. The details of the death have been shared with the Indian government but the exact circumstances and location of his death is still sought after. According to an unnamed government official, India is pressing US for these details. Mohammed Armar was a resident of Bhatkal in Karnataka and earlier he was a part of Indian Mujahideen. He recruited Indians for Islamic State and and its Indian faction Jund ul Khalifa-e-Hind (the army of the Indian caliphate).
ISIS’s plans to expand in India have been dealt a major blow by his death. Armar was apparently in touch with at least 800 Indian youngsters via social media. He had earlier recruited the men caught in April 2015 terror cell bust in MP and also the 14 terrorists captured by NIA in January 2016. Armar was key figure in the uprising of terror attacks in Kashmir where ISIS had vowed to launch a fight against both Indian Hindus and Pakistani terror groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba.