March 2019 News

Jaish Was About To Carry Out Another Lethpora Like Attack

2 March 2019
Kashmir Reader
Suhail A Shah

Anantnag: Jaish-e-Muhammad today released a pre-recorded video of a slain militant, killed on February 24 in Kulgam district, indicating that he was preparing to carry out another Lethpora like attack in the near future. The 6:06-minute video of Raqeeb Ahmad Sheikh went viral over social media on Saturday, less than a week after he was killed in Tudigam village of Kulgam district along with two other Pakistani militants. A deputy superintendent of police of the KPS cadre was also killed by the militants during the gunfight. Raqeeb's video was on the pattern of Adil Ahmad Dar's message, released by Jaish soon after he carried out the Lethpora suicide bombing that killed 49 paramilitary CRPF men on February 14. The new video is a clear indicator that the Jaish-e-Muhammad is planning to carry out another suicide bombing on the same pattern. 'The killing of Raqeeb has however, apparently, thwarted the attempt. For now at least,' a highly placed police source told Kashmir Reader. Like Adil, Raqeeb too talks about how he would be walking in the gardens of Eden by the time the video gets circulated. He talks about the killings, rapes and disappearances in Kashmir and terms the injustice meted out to Kashmiri people as his reason to pick up arms. 'The grave injustice done to the Kashmiri people by the tyrant Indian state has led me to join Jihad. This is the reason I have left my parents and all worldly comforts,' Raqeeb can be heard saying in the video. Jaish flags adorn the walls of the room Raqeeb seems to be sitting in, while guns, grenades and ammunition are also clearly visible in the video. He also talks about his decision of becoming a suicide bomber in the video message. 'Our militant brothers get killed in a tyrannical manner as thousands of forces personnel fight one or two militants during encounters,' Raqeeb says, adding that suicide attacks are different and have no counter. He says that the Jaish-e-Muhammad will continue to carry out such attacks. 'And it is through these attacks that we are going to break the back of the Indian forces in Kashmir,' Raqeeb says. He also appeals to the general public to help the Jaish, in whatever way the people deem fit, while lauding the role of JeM 'wherever the Muslims need them.' Police have taken note of the video and have maintained that its veracity is being ascertained. 'Yes, there is a video and we are looking into it,' a senior police official told Kashmir Reader.