ISIS announces new branch office in J&K, calls it ‘Wilayah of Hind’

The terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS) has claimed to establish a new “branch” in India. This first announcement of its kind from the IS has been made after the clashes between the terrorists and the security forces on May 10. According to the terror group IS’s news agency ‘Amaq’, the new branch has been named ‘Wilayah of Hind’ (Indian province). A senior police official in Jammu and Kashmir has rejected this claim though.

In the statement of Amaq, it was claimed that the IS killed the Indian soldiers in Amshpora in Shopian district of Kashmir. But a police spokesman denied this claim. However, the IS believed that on Friday it was killed in a terrorist encounter named Isfaq Ahmad Sophie.

Rita Katz, director of SITE Intelligence Group, said on twitter, ” ISIS declares its new “Hind Province” while claiming clashes with Indian forces in Amshipora. Of course, the establishment of a “province” in a region where it has nothing resembling actual governance is absurd, but it should not be written off.”

The announcement of the new branch by the group has been seen as a strategy to retain its influence after its land plummeting in West Asia. This kind of strategy was mentioned recently by ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

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