In a first ISIS claims 'province' in India after Shopian gunfight

In a first ISIS claims 'province' in India after Shopian gunfight

On May 10, the self-described Islamic State (IS) declared a new "Wilayat al-Hind" ("Province of India" in Arabic) in Indian territory, reported Reuters.

According to the terror outfit's broadcast channel, Amaq News, their territory in India is called 'Wilayah of Hind' (India Province).

But, top officials in the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir as well as the country's intelligence agencies are categorically denying these claims - in spite of a clash between the region's militants and the Indian Military, on Friday.

The ISIL claim followed a clash between armed rebels and security forces in the disputed Kashmir region in which a fighter with alleged ties to the group was killed on Friday.

The ISIS claimed that it has established a new province in India following clashes between terrorists and security forces in Kashmir on May 10.

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

A senior Police officer told GNS that the encounter broke out at Hend Satipora village today wee hours after joint team of army's 34 RR, SOG and CRPF cordoned off the area.

"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, '" she said.

The police said the militant was arrested in 2016 but he went back to militancy in 2018 when he was out on bail. The majority of these groups want independence for Kashmir or to join India's arch-rival Pakistan.

Police said arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter spot. "He was also part of groups which had carried out attacks on security establishments in the area", the police said.

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