Syria: A top ISIS commander of Indian origin, Mohammad Shafi Armar (26), was killed in a drone strike in Syria, on Sunday.
He was a former operative of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen and later joined ISIS to recruit Indians for the notorious organisation. Also known as Yousuf, he was a native of Bhatkal in Karnataka.
According Indian intelligence agencies, Shafi recruited at least 30 men for the group. Shafi became the head recruiter of ISIS after his brother Sultan Armar, who was heading the outfit’s India franchise till last year, died in March 2015.
Shafi has become an important ally of IS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and was in touch with at least 600-700 Indian youngsters on closed Facebook groups and messaging platforms like Trillion, Surespot, WhatsApp and Skype over the past one year. Indian agencies are considering the death of Mohammad Shafi Armar as major breakthrough in combating ISIS within the country.