Islamic State Kashmir group gives Hindi instructions on carrying out Nice-style truck attacks
An Islamic State flag is seen in this picture illustration. Photograph: (Reuters)
The Hindustan Times reports that Islamic State has created a group dedicated to getting a toehold in India by focusing on Jammu and Kashmir that has written Hindi instructions on how to carry out attacks with large trucks, such as the ones in Nice, France and Germany's capital Berlin last year.
This comes as IS is being squeezed out of Mosul, in Iraq.
The IS group--Ansarul Halifah Jammu Kashmir--operates an active channel on Telegram, an encrypted messaging service it uses to spread Islamic State propoganda, and manuals for weapon-making and carrying out attacks.
In the last few weeks, the channel featured a call to J & K police to openly defy their officers and use their weapons against the "enemy of Muslims and Islam", the Hindustan Times said.
Indian security officials maintain that the Islamic State has no real presence in Kashmir, and point out that so far IS has not claimed responsibility for an attack anywhere inside India.
A senior research fellow at London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Amarnath Amarasingam, and a leading expert in tracking the Islamic State characterised IS involvement in India, saying the group "definitely has an interest in South Asia, and is trying to plant a stronger hold there.
"Whether it happens is another matter. The interest in Kashmir is very old amongst jihadists, just like their interest in Palestine is old. For them, anywhere they see Muslims suffering is a potential theatre of jihad, a place to send help and fight back."