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Indian police investigate dead ISIS fighter’s photo

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Indian police investigate dead ISIS fighter’s photo

The Indian police in Jammu and Kashmir started an investigation on a series of photographs of four men posing with the Islamic State (ISIS) flags believed to be shot in Kashmir valley in India.

The photos were published by ISIS propaganda wing Amaq, and also released on Nashir, a propaganda channel run by the Islamic State on web-based application Telegram.

The photos appeared to be the latest as four men in photos are seen wearing traditional Indian attire posing with sophisticated weapons and ISIS scriptures. They are also seen praying and breaking fast for Iftar (evening meal of Ramadan).

On May 6, Neela Purohit, a cyber intelligence professional posted the photographs on Twitter and said, this was the second instance when the ISIS released pictures of their fighters on the Indian soil.

According to The Hindu quoting a senior government official, the location could be in the Pakistan side of Kashmir also adding that ISIS generally floats its enhanced propaganda during the month of Ramadan.

Back in 2020, Indian minister told the parliament that, according to National Investigation Agency (NIA), Islamic State is “most active” in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir.

During the recent years, there is alarming rise in the activities of several militancy outfits, including Islamic State within a number of provinces in India, including west Bengal, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Militancy groups are spreading jihadist activities and recruiting people mostly by melting within Tablighi Jamaat, as a very convenient disguise. It may be mentioned here that, Tablighi Jamaat, despite of its record of connections with radical Islamic militancy outfits are wrongly perceived by many governments in the world as “non-violent” and “purely religious” entities.

According to counterterrorism experts, activities of Tablighi Jamaat should come under the radar of intelligence agencies, as this organization has been serving as the most-convenient vessel for spreading radical Islam and jihadist ideologies.

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