The jihadist group Islamic State (IS) claimed to have established a “province” in Kashmir. This is the first claim of this type concerning India.
The foundation of the “wilaya” of the Hind was proclaimed in a statement sent late Friday night by the agency Amaq, the propaganda organ of the IS.
In the same statement, the jihadist organization added that it had inflicted losses on Indian soldiers during an attack in the town of Amshipora, about two hours’ drive south of Srinagar, the summer capital. of the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Indian police also reported on Friday an armed clash in the area, adding that it was fatal to an Islamist militant involved in several armed groups operating in Kashmir. Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi had pledged allegiance to IS.
“The founding of a ‘province’ in a region where the IS does not have any form of real governance is absurd, but should not be ignored,” said Rita Katz, director of SITE Intel Group, an organization that follows the activity of Islamist extremism.
“For the jihadists present in these vulnerable regions, it is a significant gesture that lays the groundwork for a reconstruction of the map of the ‘caliphate’ of the IS,” she adds.
IS has been ousted from territories conquered from 2014 in Iraq and Syria.
The group blamed themselves for the attacks that killed at least 253 people on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka.