Amarnath Yatra Attack: J&k Police Confirms Lashkar's Involvement, Three People Arrested

07 August, 2017, 01:16 | Author: Malcolm Fuller
  • Jammu and Kashmir Three Lashkar-e Taiba militants killed cop injured in encounter in Sopore

The Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday made it clear about the involvement of Pakistan-based terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims.

Claiming that police have cracked the case in less than a month, Khan said it was "purely a terrorist attack" aimed at creating fear.

Out the three terrorists neutralised by the security forces, two of the terrorists have been identified as locals, said a police official. Two of the martyrs have been identified as Javaid Ahmad Dar and Abdul Hameed Mir.

Khan identified three arrested OGWs as Bilal Reshi (a shopkeeper), Aizaj Ahmed Wagey (a medical representative) and Zahoor Ahmed Sheikh (an ad-hoc state road transport corporation driver).

The three "co-conspirators" had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Srigufwara, Khan said.

Spontaneous protests broke out on Saturday in north Kashmir areas after three local LeT militants were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Sopore town, with three persons injured in firing during clashes.

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The Special Investigation Team was constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir police to fast track the probe into the sensational terror attack that took place on July 10. After his interrogation, the police arrested the other two accused.

On July 10, there was yatri vehicle so they attacked it, had there been CRPF vehicle they would've attacked that, they had planned it, said the IGP.

The terrorists had used code words "Shaukat" for a vehicle carrying yatris, and "Bilal" for a CRPF vehicle, he said. He said the militants were planning to attack either CRPF or yatra buses.

Army spokesman Lt. Col. Rajesh Kalia said: "The forces had specific input about the presence of militants and they asked the militants to come out but they instead opened fire leading to the gunbattle".

Addressing the media, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Munir Khan said that they stick to their initial statement that LeT was involved in the attacks.

While the police had blamed the Lashkar for the attack from Day One, many in the Valley didn't believe it.

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