Islamic State Claims "Wilayah of Hind" province created in India

VAN (International Desk) :: IS (Islamic State) has claimed for the first time that it has established a province in India by the name of "Wilayah of Hind", after a clash between militants and security forces in the Kashmir region killed a militant with alleged ties to the group.

IS's Amaq News Agency announced on Friday the new province, in a statement that also claimed IS inflicted casualties on Indian army soldiers in the town of Amshipora in the Shopian district of Kashmir.

The IS statement corresponds with a police statement on Friday that a militant called Ishfaq Ahmad Sofi was killed in an encounter in Shopian of J&K's Srinagar.

IS's statement establishing the new province appears to be designed to bolster its standing after the group was driven from its self-styled “caliphate” in Iraq and Syria in April, where at one point it controlled thousands of miles of territory.

IS has stepped up hit-and-run raids and suicide attacks, including taking responsibility for the Easter Sunday bombing in Sri Lanka that killed at least 253 people.

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