November 2001 News

ISI directs J&K militants to use toy plane bombs

4 November 2001
The Asian Age
Sumir Kaul

New Delhi: Pakistan’s ISI has directed the militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir to use explosive laden “toy planes” to hit VIPs in the state and the national capital, official sources said here. Following some confessions by arrested militants and wireless intercepts about the use of the “toy plane,” the sources said intelligence agencies were making necessary reviews of securities provided to VIPs. Taking a cue from the method adopted by militants during the September 11 attacks, the sources said Jaish-E-Mohammed, which has been carrying out a series of suicide attacks in Jammu and Kashmir, is reported to be planning such attacks on VIPs in the national capital. The intelligence agencies have also flashed messages to various state capitals in order to gather more information on this novel modus- operandi besides passing on a word of caution. “Toy plane” is the new armoury which has the capacity of carrying 10-15 kgs of explosive material. The plane takes a trajectory path and can hit the target within a range of 300 metres and can be operated by a remote control. Some security measures had already been taken to prevent any such attacks, the sources said, but admitted that more strict vigil needed to be maintained. The sources said these novel methods were being used after ISI conduits were unable to penetrate the security in any part of the country. They said some militants, caught at the border, had revealed that the ISI was desperately trying to cause havoc in the national capital and was adopting such measures. The militants disclosed that the new chief of the ISI was trying to create some disturbance in the capital in order to ease the pressure from domestic criticism, the sources said. Meanwhile, amidst reports of Pakistan-based militants planning suicide attacks on important personalities, security agencies had again reviewed security of home minister L.K. Advani, defence minister George Fernandes and minister of state for external affairs Omar Abdullah. A close watch was being maintained on Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah as some intercepts suggested that militants might try to carry out a “massive suicide attack” on him in Srinagar or Jammu.


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