Hizb Paid Youth Rs 1,000 To Attack Mosque
11 November 2006
The Times of India
Srinagar: He was given Rs 1,000 by the Hizb-ul Mujahideen to throw a grenade at a mosque in J&K's Pulwama, security forces on Saturday quoted the attacker as saying, whose act left six dead and at least 37 injured. 'The Hizb-ul Mujahideen aim was to eliminate Muslim clergyman Maulana Abdul Rashid Dawoodi of Barielvi school of thought,' said the defence spokesman, quoting the terror outfit's over-ground worker (OGW) Ghulam Nabi Mir - the accused who threw the grenade on a congregation outside mosque. The 25-year-old Ghulam Nabi Mir alias Shora, a resident of Litter village in Pulwama's Wachi, has been a Hizb OGW for the last two years. He was caught by people on Friday while throwing the grenade outside Jamia Mosque in Tahab and was handed over to the Army men posted in the village. 'I had received Rs 1,000 for carrying out the attack on Maulana Rashid Dawoodi through one Hizb-ul Mujahideen terrorist, Gulzar Ahmad Mir alias Nika, and also received two hand grenades for the purpose,' Mir was quoted as saying by the defence spokesman. 'Mir is the nephew of the Hizb-ul divisional commander Ishfaq Ahmad,' Army spokesman Lt Col A K Mathur said. Sources said that Mir had got two hand grenades on Friday morning at around 10 am to carry out the attack. But, as he wasn't trained in the art of throwing grenades, he targeted devotees causing death to six, mostly teenagers, and left 37 others including the maulana wounded. Hizb-ul Mujahideen, in a call to a local news agency, however, condemned the grenade attack saying it was against the principles and teachings of Islam, and denied that the accused was hired by the outfit. 'The villagers have also accused the man of having links to Hizb-ul Mujahideen, one of the main militant outfits in Jammu and Kashmir,' Mathur said. The district administration on Saturday disbursed Rs 1 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased, deputy commissioner Pulwama, Mehraj Ahmad Kakroo, said. J&K chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad reacting to the hiring of OGW by HM outfit, said indulging in such acts of killings for financial benefits is condemnable.