Kashmir militants involving criminals in grenade attacks: police
7 April 2007
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: Militants in Kashmir were now outsourcing grenade attacks to criminals for a payment, the state's police chief said here Saturday. Gopal Sharma, Jammu and Kashmir director general of police (DGP), told media persons in summer capital Srinagar that due to their decreasing numbers the guerrillas were now involving criminals in grenade attacks.'On monetary considerations, the criminals are now being used by militants to carry out grenade explosions,' Sharma said.Without quoting an exact figure on the number of guerrillas still operating in the state, the police chief said that their numbers had come down. 'But, that does not mean the threat is over. Just two militants can carry out a fidayeen (suicide) attack.' Giving details about Friday's gun battle between guerrillas and the security forces in which three militants, including two foreigners and one local, were killed in Ishbar locality here, Sharma said: 'We had information that two groups of militants were moving in the area, one belonging to the Al-Badr and the other to the Lashkar-e- Toiba outfit.'When the three militants of the Al-Badr group came down and entered a house in Ishbar, we immediately closed in and carried out the operation in which the three were killed without any collateral damage to civilian life. However, the house in which they had been hiding sustained some damage. Two of our boys were wounded in the operation,' Sharma said.He said the militants had been planning fidayeen attacks in Srinagar during the time of the six- monthly shifting of the civil secretariat offices from winter capital Jammu to Srinagar, scheduled for early next month.