March 2001 News

Lashkar says to up JK suicide attacks

19 March 2001
The Indian Express

Karachi: Pakistan-based Islamic militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which often uses suicide squads, said on Monday it would step up attacks in Indian-administered Kashmir and possibly target New Delhi. "All our targets will be non-civilian," Yahya Mujahid, spokesman for Lashkar-e-Taiba, told Reuters by telephone from Lahore. "Our volunteers are ready for fedayeen attacks anywhere in India, it may be occupied areas or New Delhi." Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is among a dozen militant groups fighting Indian rule in strife-torn Jammu and Kashmir state, was one of three Pakistan-based militant groups designated as terrorist by the British Government late last month. The group has often used suicide squads against military targets in Kashmir. Mujahid said Lashkar-e-Taiba would support fellow militant group Hizbul Mujahideen in observing a protest day on Tuesday in the "occupied area" of Kashmir to protest against an attack on senior separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Gilani. He added that Gilani, who is affiliated to Jamaat-e-Islami,was roughed up by police on Saturday at a protest in Srinagar against the burning of the Koran. Militants in Kashmir have launched a string of attacks onsecurity forces since New Delhi announced a unilateral ceasefire in the troubled Himalayan region in November.


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