Militants have been putting out a lot of videos these days. Most of these videos are aimed at publicity by the militants. In fact it was Burhan Wani, the slain Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander who had started this trend of publicising his activities on the social media.
Here is a video in which a lone militant can be seen getting ready with his arms and ammunition. While it is confirmed that the militant belongs to the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen, it is not clear whether this person was getting ready for an encounter. The militant is however yet to be identified by the security forces. Sources say that the video was shot at Kashmir's Pulwama district.
Militants realise the importance of propaganda on the social media. The Hizbul in particular follows in the footsteps of Wani who shot more videos than bullets. Security experts say that ever since the Islamic State launched their propaganda apparatus, all others militant organisations want to follow suit.
Terror groups realise that attacks alone do little in the way of propganda. Moreover, such videos double as recruitment tools. Burhan Wani was extremely successful in roping in hundreds of young recruits from Kashmir.
Terror groups have awakened to the fact that the battle in the age of social media demands a greater presence on the online forum. The IS has set up studios in Syria and Iraq where beheading videos are shot, though, it has been found that nine of every 10 beheading videos are fake and they are released more as a propaganda tool.
Intelligence Bureau officials tell OneIndia that one would get to see more such videos in the future. Witnessing the success of the Hizbul operations, other groups such as the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad would also follow suit.