Islamic State claims "province" in India

Cheryl Sanders
May 13, 2019

Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intel Group that tracks Islamic extremists, said: "ISIS declares its new "Hind Province" while claiming clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora".

The Arabic name of the new branch is "Wilayah of Hind" (India Province), the dreaded terror outfit, (also known as ISIS and ISIL), said through its Amaq News Agency.

In a major success, security forces on Friday eliminated Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi, a commander of the ISJK and a right hand man of top terrorist Zakir Moosa, in a brief encounter in Shopian of South Kashmir. Instead it was introduced in passing in a statement claiming clashes in Kashmir.

The announcement came after a reported violent clash between Indian security forces and allegedly IS affiliated members in Shopian, a village in Indian-controlled Kashmir territories.

Earlier, Islamic State had claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombing in Sri Lanka that killed at least 253 people.

A senior police official in Kashmir, commenting on the situation, told Al Jazeera that it was "pure propaganda", adding that "the militancy aspect of Daesh is over in Kashmir completely".

"The world may roll its eyes at these developments, but to jihadists in these vulnerable regions, these are significant gestures to help lay the groundwork in rebuilding the map of the IS "caliphate". "He was also part of groups which had carried out attacks on security establishments in the area", the police said.

The police said the militant was arrested in 2016 but he went back to militancy in 2018 when he was out on bail.

Separatists have for decades fought an armed conflict against Indian rule in Muslim-majority Kashmir. "One more was there but he joined another armed group", he said.

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