August 2003 News

Lashkar Denies Losing Top Coordinator

10 August 2003
The Dawn

Srinagar: A hardline Kashmiri group on Sunday denied one of its top commanders was shot dead by Indian troops and charged that the activist slain in occupied Kashmir had been killed in custody. Indian forces announced on Friday they had shot dead Manzoor Zahid Choudhary, who they said was Lashkar-i-Taiba's operations coordinator throughout India and arranged a raid last year on a Hindu temple western India that left 33 dead. But Lashkar-i-Taiba spokesman Abu Huzaifa on Sunday said Choudhary was only the 'deputy chief of the Budgam district' and that the group's chief coordinator was 'safe and sound.'-


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