June 2006 News

Ten militants behind J&K attacks arrested

17 June 2006
The Hindu

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday arrested ten militants involved in the recent car bombings and grenade attacks, including two on tourists, in the Kashmir Valley and claimed that three Hizb-ul- Mujahideen militants were linked with the killing of nine non- Kashmiri labourers in Anantnag district early this week. Seven militants, involved in the car-bombings and grenade attacks, have been arrested in Srinagar and Budgam district while three others were arrested from Kulgam area of Anantnag, Director General of Police Gopal Sharma told reporters here. Behind tourist attack He said the arrested persons were also responsible for the attacks on tourists in Zakura and Dalgate areas of the city during the Round Table Conference here on May 25 that claimed eight lives and rendered over 50 injured. Mastermind held Police have arrested the mastermind behind the car blasts, Mohammad Amin, and his accomplice Riyaz from Macho area of Budgam. They had revealed the techniques used in manufacturing such cars for carrying out blasts and also confirmed their involvement in several car blasts including the ones just before the Prime Minister's Round Table Conference. Reward for arrest Mr. Sharma said three militants of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Sajjad Ahmed Bhat alias Tahir, Irshad Ahmed and Sameer Ahmed were found to be directly involved in these killings and announced a reward of Rs. five lakh each for their arrest. Amin, who was presented before the media, narrated in detail how he manufactured car bombs for militants to target security forces. He gave even minute details as to how fuel tanks of cars could be converted into explosive carriers. Police said Amin was involved in the manufacturing of car bombs which were used in attacks at the Tourist Reception Centre crossing (November 16 last year), Bemina bypass (February 26 this year), Rawalpora (May 23) and recently at the Airport road when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was here in connection with the round-table conference.


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