A local Kashmiri news agency has quoted Mushtaq Ahmad Zargar, the head of militant outfit Al-Umar Mujahideen, as saying that his organisation carried out last Friday’s attacks on SSB jawans in Zakura, on the outskirts of Srinagar.
If the claims are true, it suggests a revival of Al-Umar Mujahideen. Here are six things to know about the militant outfit:
1. Mushtaq Ahmed Zargar: The founder of Al-Umar Mujahideen is held responsible for over 40 murders, including those of Kashmiri Pandits. Zargar was arrested in 1992, but was released in 1999 in exchange for passengers of the hijacked aircraft IC 814 at Kandahar.
2. Formation: The militant outfit was formed in 1989, after a rift between Zargar and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front.
3. Homegrown militancy: Apart from Hiz-bul-Mujahideen, Al-Umar Mujahideen is the only outfit led by an indigenous Kashmir-valley based terrorist.
4. Area of activity: The organisation is primarily active in the Srinagar, Baramulla, Kupwara and Pulwama districts of the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir and at Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
5. Mufti’s daughter’s kidnapping: Zargar is said to be involved in the 1989 kidnapping of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter, Rubaiya Sayeed. Five militants were released by the government in exchange for her return.
6. ISI links: Al-Umar Mujahideen reportedly gets funding from Pakistani intelligence agency ISI. The outfit aims to liberate Jammu and Kashmir through an armed struggle and merge it with Pakistan.
Source: South Asia Terror Portal