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On May 19, 2021, the Islamic State (ISIS) claimed that its Wilyat Al-Hind, or India Province, set fire to a "famous temple of the polytheist Hindus" in Srinagar, the largest city in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir area, which is administered by India. The attack, the third in May alone, comes as ISIS supporters celebrated India Province's activity as proof of expansion.
In a statement issued on Telegram, ISIS said: "With success from Allah Almighty, the Caliphate soldiers burned a famous temple of the polytheist Hindus in Wagar Nak [a misspelling for Vichar Nag] area in the city of Srinagar, which resulted in material damages to it and burned parts of it."
The group then released a photo showing a fighter raising an ISIS black flag in front of the burning temple.
The ISIS branch in India first emerged in May 2019 and is active mainly in the Jammu and Kashmir area. On May 6, 2021, ISIS released a photo report showing the daily activities of a small cell of fighters in its India Province during the month of Ramadan. The photographs showed fighters carrying an ISIS flag, praying, and breaking their fast.
The above photo shows three ISIS operatives praying.
 See MEMRI JTTM report ISIS Supporters Celebrate "India Province" Activity As Proof Of Expansion, May 11, 2021.
 Telegram, Caliphate News Agency, May 19, 2021.
 See MEMRI JTTM report ISIS's India Province Claims Fight With Indian Soldiers In Kashmir, Says It Killed, Wounded Several Soldiers, May 10, 2019.
 Telegram, Caliphate News Agency, May 6, 2021.