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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

LeT claims attack under veiled names

Shishir Gupta and Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, September 26, 2013
First Published: 23:53 IST(26/9/2013) | Last Updated: 01:32 IST(27/9/2013)

After the Thursday fidayeen attack in Jammu, three similar sounding but unknown terror outfits claimed responsibility for the attack but the security establishment is convinced that the attack was carried by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

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 In a phone call to a news agency in Srinagar ‘Shahdab Brigade’ claimed credit for the strike even as the Green Army facebook post showed ‘Shohada Brigade’ responsible for the incident. In a statement issued to a news agency, ‘al Shuhuda’ said its three men — Mohammad Akram, Furkan-ul-Haq and Er Waqaas attacked the Kathua Police station in the morning and killed ‘almost all the police personnel stationed there’.

 “The attackers had their bodies shaved, a clear indicator that they were fidayeen as the practice among terrorists who are prepared to die during the course of attack,” said a security official on the condition of anonymity.

 In order to maintain deniability, the Pakistan-based LeT has earlier used names like Deccan Mujahideen in 26/11 attack, Al Mansoorian in 2004-2006 attacks in Kashmir, Al Nasreen and Save Kashmir Movement. Till late evening, no cross border communication was intercepted with the LeT maintaining radio silence on the incident.

According to intelligence reports, LeT patron Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has been trying to up the ante in the Pak-occupied-Kashmir by claiming that once the US troops leave Afghanistan, scores of jehadis will come to J&K to get it free.

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 Security agencies are sure that LeT is behind the attack as the modus operandi used was similar to two fidayeen attacks in 2008 in Samba and Akhnoor sector.

On Thursday, three fidayeen commandeered an auto-rickshaw of Roshan Lal Sharma to reach the police station and then hijacked a truck driven by Mohammed Maqbool to reach the army camp in the Samba sector, an act similar to the earlier ones.

The three terrorists went to the officer’s mess and opened fire where Commanding Officer Col. K Uttahiah and Lt Col Vikramjit were having tea. Col. Uttahiah is critical while Col Singh lost his life along with three sepoys.

 In 2008, three LeT terrorists came to Indian Army brigade headquarters in Samba. The terrorists started firing at civilians after they refused to show them the way to the Army camp.

Eventually, the militants were gunned down by the Army. In Akhnoor sector, the three LeT terrorists wanted to attack the Kashmiri pandit camp but were forced to divert to Chinaur farms in the area due to Army checks.This time too BSF has been asked to check how the attackers entered India.

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