The international terrorist organisation Islamic State has claimed the responsibility for the attack on 29 Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir police at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar on June 16. This is the third attack in J&K to be claimed by the terror group.
On June 16, a terrorist had opened fire at the CRPF and J&K police troops after Eid celebrations, injuring one CRPF jawan. The ISIS flags were also spotted during the violent protests that broke out after Namaz offerings. Several youth covering their faces with scarfs had pelted stones at security forces, while waiving ISIS and Pakistan flags. Security officials had to resort to using tear gas shells to disperse the protesters.
While the security agencies have reportedly increased the vigilance after the claim, experts say that this could be part of a new conspiracy by Pakistan.
Islamic State had earlier claimed responsibility of terrorists attack in Srinagar's Zakura in November 2017. The attack had claimed the life of Sub-Inspector Imran Tak. In February 2018, the terrorist organisation claimed involvement in attack on Badgam post. Senior Constable Shameer Ahmed was martyred in the attack.