September 2001 News

Drop in attacks a ''Lull before the storm'': Kashmir militants

27 September 2001
The Indian Express

Srinagar: A pro-Pakistan Kashmiri militant outfit said the drop in the number of attacks on security forces in Kashmir was just the calm before the storm, a newspaper reported on Thursday. Indian officials say militant attacks has eased in the Himalayan region as Muslim guerrillas head for Afghanistan to help their comrades prepare for a possible US strike after the air attacks on New York and Washington. But the guerrillas have denied that. ''The Jamait-ul-Mujahideen has described the bit of silence on the militant front against security forces as a war tactic and maintained it would very soon prove to be a lull before the storm,'' said Greater Kashmir, Kashmir''s leading English-language newspaper. Police figures show 141 people were killed in the troubled Himalayan state in the two weeks from September 11, almost 30 per cent less than a tally of 200 in the preceding two weeks. A Jamait spokesman disputed a government statement that militants had left Kashmir for Afghanistan, saying Kashmiri militants were keeping a vigil on the situation in Kashmir. About 3,000-4,000 militants fighting New Delhi''s rule in Muslim- majority Kashmir are foreign, including Afghans, Indian officials say. They say some militants have begun to return to help Afghanistan''s Taliban rulers who have refused to hand over Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden, prime suspect in the September 11 attacks.


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