Monday, 25 April 2016

Shafi Armar believed to faked death

Indian ISIS recruiter Shafi Armar dead?






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.

NIA yet to get concrete information on alleged ISIS recruiter's death



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.

India's ISIS recruiter Shafi Armar faked his death



New Delhi, May 16: The Intelligence Bureau picked up an intercept which suggests that Shafi Armar, alleged to be the head of the Indian unit of the ISIS is still alive. A month back, it was stated that he may have been killed in an air strike at Syria by the US.

However now intelligence bureau officials confirm that the man who had died may not have been Armar.The IB says that this appeared to be a ploy to lower the heat.

With the NIA arresting nearly 20 persons across the country who were allegedly linked to the ISIS, the name of Armar had cropped up as the main recruiter.

The news could have been floated by their social media team to take the scanner of Armar for sometime, the IB suggests.

The 26 year old Shafi is a native of Bhatkal

Both Sultan and Shafi 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. 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.

Why are Indian terrorists faking their deaths



New Delhi, May 27: The Intelligence Bureau has learnt that most of the operatives alleged to have joined the ISIS may have faked their death to reduce the heat on them.

The likes of Shafi Armar and his brother Sultan were proclaimed dead in air strikes at Syria. While the news emerged first out of Syria and the social media accounts of the ISIS, till date there has not been an independent confirmation of the same.

Barring the glowing tributes on the social media, photographs of the the bodies of the deceased have never been put out on the social media. In both cases of Shafi and Sultan who are believed to be recruiting Indians into the ISIS, it was claimed that they were killed in an air strike.
No confirmation till date:
In the case of Sultan Armar it has been over an year since the news of his death was made public. The only source of confirmation were the tributes paid by his followers on the social media.
Moreover, there was also no confirmation from the US despite it being claimed that they had killed him in an air strike.
However, none of the social media accounts had any photographs of his dead body.
Further the Intelligence Bureau also states that Indians are not allowed into the battlefield in Syria and Iraq. Hence the question of them dying in an air strike is extremely rare.
Another reason to doubt the death of Armar is because there has been some chatter on the internet intercepted by the IB which suggests that he may just be alive.The case of his brother is no different.
There was a rumour on the internet regarding his death. However in his case there were no tributes paid by his supporters either. The IB says that they have not been able to ascertain whether he is dead or alive. However in the case of Shafi, the IB says that news of his death was just a rumour.
Why do they fake their death?
Officials say that they have noticed a trend in the case of several terrorists. When the heat on them is extremely high, they always end up faking their death. Riyaz Bhatkal of the Indian Mujahideen had done it several times. In the case of Hyderabad based operative Shahid Bilal too it was the same case initially.
This is normally done to avoid the heat. They feel that the Intelligence Agencies would take them off the radar if news of their death was spread around. This is a normal ploy by all of them.
However, the IB also adds that in many cases it is extremely difficult to confirm the news immediately. We usually do not take them off the radar.
Instead we wait and in most cases, these persons have have resurfaced with different names and handles on the net.

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