July 2002 News

Al-Qaeda men in camps across LoC

4 July 2002
The Times of India

GUREZ, Kashmir: Al-Qaeda operatives were present across the Line of Control at several camps north of Kishanganga river, but there was no information about their presence in the Kashmir Valley, a senior Army official has said. Information on the presence of al-Qaeda and Lashkar-e-Taiba militants was based on authentic report, Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal, Commander of Police Brigade posted at Gurez sector, said. However, he said that he had no information about the presence of al-Qaeda in the Kashmir Valley. ''We have not apprehended or killed any of them in Gurez sector'' he told a group of visiting media men on Thursday. ''We have confirmed reports that a large number of terrorists are waiting at the camps across the LoC to be inducted into the Valley from north of Kishanganga river,'' he said. The militant camps were located at Nekrul, Taubeth, Suti and Kharasi in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, he said. The number of militants were estimated to be around 150, he added.


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