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Police Into New ISIS Photo Investigation, Media Reports

SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir Police have started an investigation on a series of photographs of four men posing with the Islamic State (IS) flags, believed to be shot ‘in Kashmir valley.’

The photos were published by the outfit’s propaganda wing, Amaq, and also released on Nashir, a propaganda channel run by the IS on web-based application- Telegram, police said, in a report published in The Hindu.

The photos appeared to be the latest as the four men in photos are seen wearing ‘salwar kameez’ (traditional Indian clothes) posing with a sophisticated weapon and scriptures. They are also seen praying and breaking fast for Iftar (evening meal), the report said.

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

According to a senior government official, the location could be in the Pakistan side of Kashmir also, reported The Hindu adding that IS generally floats its propaganda during Ramzan, but there are no regular cadres of IS in Kashmir that they are aware of.

Even though, last year, the Union Home Ministry informed Parliament that Investigations by the NIA [National Investigation Agency] have revealed that the IS is most active in Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir.”

(The featured image used in this write-up is old and lacks any direct relevance)

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