October 2002 News

LeT infiltrators are using sat phones

4 October 2002
The Times of India

NEW DELHI: Even as the terrorist outfit Al Mansoorian claimed responsibility for the killing of 12 innocent people in the attack on a passenger bus near Kathua on October 1, intelligence sources said infiltration had increased and that terrorists were now armed with better communication facilities. An official told The Times of India, in spite of Musharraf''s assurance of dismantling the terrorist communication network, the infrastructure in PoK remains intact. Recent inputs have also indicated the use of satellite phones by terrorist cadres as an alternate and secure mode of communication. He said Content analysis of signals traffic reveals that communication controls from Pakistan-PoK are continuously giving strategic and tactical guidance to the terrorists on the ground, coordinating logistics, executing operational plans and relaying provocative speeches of their religious leaders. According to the official, Some of the recent communication indicated instructions from PoK-based terrorist commanders to carry out more fidayeen attacks to obstruct the elections and deter people from participating. Al Mansoorian is a shadow outfit of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), whose name crops up only to claim the responsibility of specific fidayeen (suicide) attacks by LeT cadres. Asked why LeT was not openly claiming its acts of violence, the source said, Fictitious names like Al Mansoorian for taking credit for the massacre of civilians are being used by LeT as a part of its strategy to avoid adverse notice by the international community and any consequent action against it by them. Earlier, the same outfit had claimed responsibility for the fidayeen strike in Kaluchak on May 14 when 32 persons were killed by militants who attacked a passenger bus and the family quarters of Army personnel in the cantonment area.


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