Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) on Friday announced its decision to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) terror group, Khaama Press reported.
In a video statement the IMU’s leader Usmon Ghazi took an oath of allegiance to IS and its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
The IMU leader was seen in the video claiming that they were not just an organisation or a group, but a state. Although the video showed scenes from Afghanistan, the precise location of where the video was shot could not be ascertained.
Ghazi had also issued a statement last year in which he declared his support to IS, however, he had not pledged his allegiance to the terror group then.
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The statement comes in the wake of news about the death of Afghan Taliban founder Mullah Omar.
Another militant leader, Sadullah Urgenji had issued a video statement in March pledging his allegiance to the IS.
A number of militant groups in Afghanistan have flocked to pledge their allegiance to IS, posing a challenge to the Afghan Taliban, who had been involved in peace talks with the government.
The article originally appeared in Khaama Press
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