Anwer killed in outpost raid: Kandahar police chief

The Afghanistan government claims thousands of insurgents are housed in camps in Pakistan across the border.

Written by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: July 21, 2014 4:17 pm
New Anwer photo by Ansar ul-Tawhid. Source: Express Photo. New Anwer photo by Ansar ul-Tawhid. Source: Express Photo.

Anwer Bhatkal, the Indian reportedly killed in fighting in Afghanistan last week, died outside the Chowlai border post in Kandahar’s remote Sohrabak district, intelligence sources in Kabul have told The Indian Express.

Fifteen insurgents and an Afghan police officer were reported killed in the attack, which was mounted from a base across the border with Pakistan, the sources said.

Kandahar police chief Rahmatullah Atrafi told The Indian Express that about 70 insurgents launched the attack on Chowlai post just before midnight on Thursday, with fighting continuing into the early hours of Friday, July 18 — the date of Bhatkal’s death, according to terrorist group Ansar ul-Tawhid ul-Hind. Atrafi claimed the attackers included ethnic Punjabis, Burmese and Chechens.

“They were speaking in Urdu and Punjabi on their wireless sets,” said the police officer.

If Ansar ul-Tawhid ul-Hind’s claim is true, Bhatkal is the first among several Indians known to be training with insurgent groups in Afghanistan to die.

The Afghanistan government claims thousands of insurgents are housed in camps in Pakistan across the border, training with organisations like the Lashkar-e-Toiba. The government claims the camps operate with the support of Pakistan’s ISI, an allegation Islamabad denies.

For all the latest India News, download Indian Express App now

First Published on: July 21, 2014 2:04 am
  1. A
    Amit
    Jul 21, 2014 at 10:25 am
    Good riddance!
    Reply
    1. B
      bad name
      Jul 21, 2014 at 5:56 am
      Good finally one of the Bhatkal demons is dead....
      Reply
      1. H
        H1N1
        Jul 21, 2014 at 12:52 am
        The Afghanis are right.stan is part of the problem. Always. It will never be the solution. For Afghanistan and for India and for the rest of the world.Time to Get R Done and give them Rad Therapy.
        Reply
        1. K
          Kolsat
          Jul 21, 2014 at 4:23 am
          So long as ISI stands behind these terorist/jihadist groups no one can dislodge them and they will continue to plague this part of the world. We have to strengthen our forces to take them on.
          Reply
          1. V
            Vinashak
            Jul 21, 2014 at 11:38 am
            great... hope he never rests in peace
            Reply
            1. S
              Subodh
              Jul 21, 2014 at 8:31 am
              Good news. India would be much safer place if these Indian born and ISI trained zihadis are killed in foreign soil.
              Reply
              1. Load More Comments