Intercepts Suggest Al-Qaeda Presence In J&K
13 August 2006
The Indian Express
New Delhi: Intercepts of telecommunication messages between militants in Jammu and Kashmir and their mentors in Pakistan suggest that cadres of foreign terrorist group al-Qaeda were present in the Kashmir Valley. Senior security officials engaged in gathering 'techint', or technical intelligence, in the Valley said there were intercepts of communications between Lashker-e-Toiba cadres about the presence of al-Qaeda members. The sources said while some of them were hiding in the higher reaches of Bandipore in north Kashmir along with LeT 'chief commander' Bilal alias Salahuddin, a few more were believed to be holed up in the dense forests of Budhal in Qazigund along the Jammu-Srinagar highway in South Kashmir. Both these locations are strategically placed as the terrorists could flee to Pakistan- occupied Kashmir (PoK) within a short span of time in the event of any military offensive, they said.