August 2002 News

LeT carried out attack on Amarnath pilgrims near Pahalgam

25 August 2002
The Times of India

JAMMU: The Lashker-e-Toiba had carried out the attack on Amarnath pilgrims near Pahalgam earlier this month killing nine persons and injuring 27, a defence spokesman said here on Sunday. Radio intercepts of LeT militants in the valley with those in the Pakistan occupied Kashmir reveal that the outfit was involved in the attack on the pilgrims at Nunwan on August 6 and the militant who got killed in the operation was Nazar Mol Kasim alias Abu Abdullah, a resident of Chakwal in Pakistan, he said. Revealing the intercept, the spokesman of the Northern Command, said LeT militants in the Valley asked those in PoK ''khabre suni hai ki nahi (have you heard the news or not)''. The reply was ''na, na (no, no)'' from LeT of PoK. It further said ''koe ilaka parta hai Pahalgam tehsil mein, yatra pe attack hua aur 9 mare hain aur 27 zakhmi'' (some area which falls under Pahalgam where the yatra has been attacked in which nine have been killed and 27 injured), the militant said. ''Koi saathi ko nuksan to nahi hua (has there been any loss to any colleague)'' asked the PoK militant and the reply was ''haan, eik sathi hua hai (yes, one colleague)''. The intercept also revealed the identity of the militant killed in retaliatory firing by securitymen after the attack, the spokesman said.


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