The Lashkar-e-Toiba is raising a group of 21 female terrorists at its training camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir for carrying out sabotage activities in India, Army sources said on Tuesday.
"We have confirmed reports that LeT is imparting training to 21 selected female terrorists at its training facilities in Muzaffarabad in PoK for carrying out terrorist activities in India," an Army official said in New Delhi.
They said the new group, named as Dukhtareen-e-Toiba, is planned to be made active in the Kashmir Valley by the LeT.
In the recent past also, reports have suggested presence of female terrorists operatives in the 42 active terror training camps in PoK.
The women terrorists are planned to be infiltrated into India through routes in Uri sector or using the aerial route through some other country.
Sources said the raising of the female terror group was brainchild of LeT senior functionary and mastermind of Mumbai terror attacks Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi.
They said the terror group has suffered serious setbacks in Jammu and Kashmir with the elimination of their top leadership by the security forces.
They are also working on recruiting local youth in certain areas of the state, including Pulwama, to expand terror network and the task has been assigned to a person, Usman Bhai alias Chhota Rehman, they said.