The Bangalore man who is said to be behind the pro-Islamic State Twitter account @ShamiWitness was an active user on the micro-blogging platform until he deactivated it on Friday.
He used to post on an average of 147 tweets per day and has posted close to 130,000 tweets. The account had over 17,000 followers. It was widely regarded as a must-follow account for updates about the Islamic State’s ground operations in Syria and Iraq.
A few hours after the account went offline, pro-Islamic State users on Twitter expressed their solidarity with @ShamiWitness.
“I Joined Twitter just so I can follow Shami back when he was still not a “radical”. It is never going to be the same without him,” one user tweeted.
Another user expressed similar views in a tweet that read: “Twitter is just not the same without Shami. He will be back with a vengeance. In Shaa Allah.”
@ShamiWitness also published a blog that, at the time of writing, was still active. It carries two articles published under the headings: “When Jihadists are the only ones left standing” and “On al Baghdadi’s disobedience of Dr Zawahiri”.