ISIS Flag In Kashmir Puts Cops On Alert

30 July 2014
India Today

Srinagar: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir have been alarmed over the appearance of masked men waving flags and banners of ISIS (Islamic State of Syria and Iraq) and Al Qaeda on the streets of Srinagar on July 29. In a fresh trouble for the insurgencdy-hit state, the flags of the masked men reportedly displayed inscriptions of Kalima, the preaching of Islam. Some men used the flags to cover their faces while others guarded the lanes and bylanes, intensifying tensions in the region. According to reports, the supporters of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi were protesting against Israel assault on the Gaza Strip. Amid alleged ISIS supporters' presence in Jammu and Kashmir on Eid-ul-fitr, people reportedly were shouting anti-Israel and pro-Palestine slogans. Before people holding ISIS and Al Qaeda flags appeared on the street, it has been learnt Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani reportedly called for a protest against attacks on Gaza. Youths, wearing masks, also pelted stones at the security forces prompting them to fire smoke shells and lathicharge the mob. While Pakistani-based outfits such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen do operate in the state, the appearance of ISIS and Al Qaeda supporters has put the security forces in a fix.