In New Video, Islamic State Says They Are Ready To Avenge Muslims Killed In Gujarat, Muzaffarnagar

21/05/2016 12:37 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Syrian soldier sets fire on April 4, 2016 to an Islamic State (IS) group flag after Syrian troops regained control the previous day of al-Qaryatain, a town in the province of Homs in central Syria. IS jihadists withdrew from the town a week after the Russian-backed army and allied militia scored a major victory in the ancient city of Palmyra, which is also located in the vast province of Homs. The recapture of al-Qaryatain allows the army to secure its grip over Palmyra, where jihadists destroyed ancient temples during their 10-month rule and executed 280 people. / AFP / JOSEPH EID (Photo credit should read JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic State has threatened to strike India in yet another video, reportedly released by the terror group. The video, which features purported IS jihadists from India, is in the form of interviews with five alleged IS operatives who joined the group from here. The Indian Express reports that the only recognisable face in the video is believed to be of Fahad Tanvir Sheikh, an engineering student who went to Syria with three others from Thane, Mumbai.

Sheikh is heard saying in the video, "We will return, but with a sword in hand, to avenge the Babri Masjid, and the killings of Muslims in Kashmir, in Gujarat, and in Muzaffarnagar.” He now goes by the name of Abu Amr' al-Hindi.

The IE report adds that the other operatives in the video couldn't be identified. However, it is being suspected that they may be former Indian Mujaheedin terrorists who have now joined the Islamic State, following their split with their Pakistan counterpart.

One of the militants also threatens, "To those in the Indian state who wish to understand our actions, I say you have only three options: to accept Islam, to pay jizya, or to prepare to be slaughtered."

IE reports: "The video assails mainstream Muslim politicians and clerics for compromising with what the narrator describes as a tyrannical system responsible for massacring Muslims. Images of the Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen leader Assaduddin Owaisi and All India United Democratic Front politician Badruddin Ajmal are juxtaposed with dead bodies of victims of communal riots. Indian Muslim politicians are attacked for associating with non-Muslim leaders: one image shows the Congress’s Mani Shankar Aiyer embracing a Hindu priest and Muslim cleric."

The terrorists also deride the Muslim clerics in India for colluding with Hindus and preaching about peace. One jihadist says, "Islam was never a religion of peace for even one day. Islam is a religion of war. The Prophet commanded us to remain at war until the day the rule of Allah is established."

Another seeks to remind Indian Hindus of train bombings and other terror attacks and calls them 'cow-worshippers'.

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