October 2001 News

Lashkar vows to avenge attack on Pak posts

16 October 2001
The Times of India

SRINAGAR: Pakistan-based Kashmiri separatist group Lashkar-e-Taiba vowed Tuesday to launch suicide attacks against India to avenge overnight firing on Pakistani posts on the border.''Special fidayeen (suicide) squads have been asked to carry out attacks against Indian security forces,'' Lashkar spokesman Abu Osama said, in response to the ''unprovoked attacks against Pakistan.''Attacks by Indian army on Pakistani soil will cost India dear,'' he told AFP by telephone from Pakistan. Lashkar has carried nearly 50 suicide attacks across Kashmir over the past year, inflicting heavy casualities on security forces.India said it killed 11 militants in an attack late Monday on Pakistani-held territory. Pakistan said one woman was killed and 25 civilians injured in an act of ''state-sponsored terrorism.''India launched the strikes as US Secretary of State Colin Powell began a sensitive trip to Islamabad and New Delhi, both of which have pledged to cooperate with US strikes to root out alleged terrorists in Afghanistan.''India is trying to take advantage of the present turmoil in Pakistan, and that is why it is indulging in cowardly acts,'' Osama said. ''Instead of fighting mujahedin within Kashmir, India has decided to pressure Pakistan through such tactics.''( AFP )


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