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ISIS claims 'province' in India for the first time after clashes in Kashmir

ISIS did not elaborate on the branch's geographical remit as it mentioned the name of its new branch in a low-key announcement

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

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The Islamic State terror group has claimed to have established a new "province" in India, the first of its kind announcement that came after clashes between militants and security forces in on May 10.

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

A senior police has rejected the claim.

Rita Katz, of the SITE Group that tracks Islamic extremists, said: "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," she said on

did not elaborate on the branch's geographical remit as it mentioned the name of its new branch in a low-key announcement.

The announcement of the new branch is seen as part of ISIS' strategy to give the impression of strengthening its global affiliations following the territorial losses in the

Such a strategy was highlighted by in the past.

The brief ISIS statement of May 10 via the messaging app Telegram said that the Islamic State militants using machine guns had clashed with the Indian security forces in the village of in Kashmir's district, killing or injuring a number of them.

The statement, however, did not mention when the alleged clashes occurred.

on May 10 said that one militant was killed in clashes with security forces in Kashmir's district. ISIS began claiming attacks against Indian security forces in since November 2017 without any branch affiliation.

Prevously, ISIS attacks in Kashmir were linked to its so-called branch, which was set up in 2015 to cover "Afghanistan, and nearby lands".

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 00:21 IST
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