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The militant killed in gunfight with the forces at Hakoora in South Kashmir's Anantnag district on March 12 hailed from southern state of Telangana and was driven by Islamic state ideology, police said. Meanwhile, the Bhadradri Kothagudem district police are collecting more information about Toufeeq's family background and how he managed to get in touch with the terror outfit in Kashmir.

The police said Toufeeq left home in Manuguru sub-division about a year ago to join Ansar ul Gazwat ul Hind, the Al-Qaida affiliate operating in Jammu and Kashmir, reports said.

In an official statement, police claimed, Toufeeq was radicalised into the IS ideology through social media and then came to Kashmir to participate in the terrorist activities along with some group.

Three terrorists were killed in the encounter and illegal arms and ammunition were also seized from them. The outfit unit is led by wanted militant leader Zakir Musa.

The Al Qaeda's Kashmir cell Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind, which is led by Zakir Musa, had claimed that Toufeeq from Hyderabad had joined jihad a year ago after migrating from Hyderabad to the mountains of Kashmir.

According to a pamphlet by the AGUH, available online, Taufeeq joined militancy in 2017 after coming to Kashmir from Hyderabad.

"Responding to the call of Shariat or martyrdom, Mohammad Taufeeq started his jihadi journey in 2017 after making Hijrah [emigration] from India's Hyderabad city to the mountains of Kashmir and was among the first in the ranks of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind", the statement had said. "As of now, the third militant was a foreigner". Police are also interrogating Taufeeq's family members.

However, another militant outfit, the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TeM), identified the third militant as Sabzar Ahmad Sofi.