Social media accounts linked to known supporters of the Islamic State (IS) on Monday posted images of two boats carrying armed IS fighters from the latest IS nasheed video — a video with English subtitles accompanied by a chant — released by its media wing, Al Hayat Media, claiming that it showed “a boatful of Indians”.
They claimed that one of the men was Abu Turab al Hindi, Indian Mujahideen commander Muhammad “Bada” Sajid who was killed in Syria.
The accounts also posted a separate image from the latest nasheed video of a purported Indian in the ranks of the IS, identifying him as Abu Qaqa al Hindi.
Among them is the lion leader of former Indian Mujhahideen group who was ighemasi in kobane.Abu Turaab al hindi. pic.twitter.com/a2bZvphXIl
— Magnet Gas (@cihadci2) July 20, 2015
“Do any one recognized anything? The latest hayat media nasheed have a boatful of Indians,” tweeted @cihadci2 at 12:27 pm on Monday.
This was accompanied by an image from the video of about a dozen IS fighters carrying assault rifles and an IS flag on two adjacent boats out on sea.
“They sold themselves and their belongings to their master,” says the English subtitle.
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The account is believed to be operated by Fahad Shaikh, one of the four youths from Thane who reportedly joined the IS in May last year. “Among them is the lion leader of former Indian Mujahideen group who was ighemasi in Kobane. Abu Turaab al hindi,” said another tweet.
Sajid was named by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as one of the perpetrators of the IM bombings in Delhi, Ahmedabad and Jaipur in 2008. As reported by The Indian Express, online jihadist media reports had claimed that Sajid had joined IS forces and was killed in Syria.
“May this boat doesn’t stop until it conquer whole of India from Mushrikeen. And we invite you to keep filling it,” said another tweet.
Pro-IS accounts also tweeted a still from the video of an IS fighter with his finger raised, identifying him as a “Mujahid from India”.
“Abu qaqa al hindi, a Mujahid from India,” tweted @cihadci2.
Fahad was earlier believed to be operating the account @magnetgas which was suspended on 21 occasions, only to resurface with a serial number suffixed to @magnetgas.
He later shifted briefly to the handles @pneumatic11, @tungsten9 and @helium61 which were also suspended. Since then, he has used several variations of the handle @cihadci which have also been suspended.