October 2007 News

Lashkar Bid For Fidayeen Attack In Kishtwar Fails

17 October 2007
The Daily Excelsior

Jammu: Two top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants, captured alive recently by police along with their associate in Kishtwar district, were planning a fidayeen attack on security forces installation in Kishtwar town. Disclosures made by the militants to this effect during their questioning have been corroborated through data deciphered from a satellite telephone and two mobile telephones recovered from their possession. Official sources told the Excelsior that questioning of Nissar Ahmed alias Abu Maaz and Ghulam Mohd Shah alias Abu Qasim, who were arrested from Pattimal on October 14 afternoon along with Farooq Ahmed, has revealed that Abu Qasim, who was acting as a 'district commander' of the LeT outfit for Upper Kishtwar, had recently been directed by a LeT's Pakistan based commander Abu Ulema to shift to Kishtwar town within a fortnight to carry out a fidayeen attack on a major installation of security forces. While initially police and security forces had recovered three AK rifles and a large quantity of ammunition and explosives besides two mobile phones from the possession of arrested militants, sources said a satellite telephone, hidden by Abu Qasim, in a natural dhok was recovered yesterday after he made a disclosure (about it) during his sustained questioning. Abu Qasim and Abu Maaz have revealed that only few days back LeT commander, known by them with the code name of Abu Ulema, spoke to them on satellite telephone from Pakistan and directed them to shift to Kishtwar town from the upper reaches. They were asked to carry out a fidayeen attack on a vital installation of security forces in Kishtwar town for which they were to be provided logistic support including combat dresses and weapons etc by two Over Ground Workers (OGWs) in the town. The fidayeen attack was scheduled for second week of November, the militants disclosed. When contacted, DIG Doda range Farooq Khan confirmed that arrest of three hardcore Lashkar militants had thwarted a 'major game plan' of the militants. He said several hide-outs and contacts of the militants have been unraveled during questioning of three Lashkar cadre, which will help the cops in giving further blows to the outfit. Sources said Abu Qasim disclosed that he had taken over as 'district commander' of the LeT outfit after his predecessor Abu Maaz, a Pakistani, operating in Upper Kishtwar for last two years, was killed at Shopian a couple of months back.


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