India worries as ISIS, TTP reportedly join hands in AfPak region

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New Delhi, May1: Creation of a new terror group in Pakistan, a subsidiary of Islamic State (ISIS) has raised India's worries, media reported.

ISIS's link with Pakistan based terrorists has alerted Indian intelligence agencies and they have alerted Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and Union Home Ministry.

ISIS, TTP proximity: India worries

According to a report published in India Today, a terrorist group based in Afghanistan-Pakistan (AFPAK) region was identified as an ally of the dreaded ISIS.

Various reports about activities of ISIS in the AFPAK region has been reported. Creation of a new group has raised India's concern about security.

The reports have also stated that ISIS has named TTP commander Hafeez Saed Khan as the wali (governor) and Afghan Taliban commander Abdur Rauf Khadim as his deputy.

ISIS's proximity with Pakistan is seen as attempt to consolidate the Afghanistan-Pakistan region and expand its reach beyond Iraq and Syria.

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Even after denial by Pakistan and Afghanistan about presence of ISIS affiliated groups in the region, the announcement of WK was made by ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad al-Adnani in January this year.

The statement was publicised by al-Furqan media foundation, Islamic States' media arm.
The report states that WK claimed responsibility for a series of attacks in and around Jalalabad in Afghanistan that killed several civilians and security personnel on April 18. But later Islamic State in its English news bulletin denied any involvement in the attack and called it a smear campaign.

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