Militants In J&K Planning To Use Mobile Bombs
30 July 2006
Jammu: As part of a new strategy, militants were planning to strike targets in Jammu and Kashmir using 'mobile bombs,' a Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant arrested recently has revealed. The ultras were collecting SIM cards to prepare the 'mobile bombs' and many of the militants were already in possession of these, 16-year-old LeT ultra Noor Illahi alias Tipu disclosed during interrogation at Mendhar police station in Poonch, official sources said today. They said though mobile bombs were not used by ultras in the state so far, such devices were used by al-Qeada in the serial blasts in Malaysia in January this year. Disclosing how mobile bombs are made, Tipu said a high quality one kg explosive, generally RDX mixed with TNT, is tied with an activated mobile handset. The set is kept in vibrator mode and its frequency is matched with that of the explosive device. It will explode as soon as a ring is given on its number from another telephone. Tipu and his associate Saddam Hussain, presently in custody, were asked by top LeT ultras Arbaaz and Abu Shaheen to plant first mobile bomb outside the house of Opposition National Conference leader and MLA Javed Rana in Mendhar after ensuring that Rana was present in the house. Tipu said Saddam refused to do so despite the fact that both of them had been promised Rs one lakh cash and a brand new motorcycle if the task was accomplished successfully. Tipu said Saddam later returned the mobile bomb which was given to them to Arbaaz as he did not favour targetting the MLA of his own constituency. He said Arbaaz told them that he would find other boys for executing the task. The young ultra's questioning revealed that that they had been asked by Arbaaz, who was working under the direct command of LeT hitman Abu Osama, to arrange as many SIM cards as possible to use them for making mobile bombs. A number of SIM cards arranged for LeT network by two police constables and three army personnel, already nabbed, were not to be used for communication but for making mobile bombs as the ultras were already linked with sophisticated communication of wirless and radio sets, he said. Following the sensational revealation by Tipu, an alert has been sounded by security agencies in twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri to look for mobile bombs, sources said. Security forces and police have also urged BSNL and Airtel authorities to direct their dealers to release prepaid connections only after detailed verifications as most of the SIM cards found in possession of ultras were prepaid cards, the sources said adding both mobile service providers have agreed to the request. Sikander and Kabir, the two police constables arrested by police on the disclosures of Tipu and his associate, had also arranged over a dozen SIM cards for the LeT outfit. Sikander had managed six SIM cards from Kathua and handed it over to the militants. Three army personnel who have also been arrested by the military intelligence after their names figured in the Lashkar network, had also arranged SIM cards besides providing other logistic support to the outfit, the sources said.