Extremist militants in Russia’s Caucasus have pledged their allegiance to Daesh in a voice recording released on YouTube, AFP reported Wednesday.
The recording, released on Sunday, said militants in Dagestan, Chechnya, Ingushetia and Kabardino-Balkaria had all sworn loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Daesh.
"Obeying the order of Allah ... we are declaring our allegiance to Caliph Ibrahim ben Awwad ben Ibrahim al Badri al-Qoureishi al-Husseini for obedience and subordination," the recording says, referring to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Daesh released its response in the form of another recording by spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani on Tuesday, welcoming the pledge of loyalty.
"We congratulate the soldiers of Islamic State in the Caucasus... we congratulate them for making allegiance to the Caliph. He accepts your allegiance and names Sheikh Abu Mohammad al-Qadari as (governor) of the Caucasus."
Thousands of Russians, many from the Caucasus, have left their country to fight alongside the militant group, AFP reported.
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