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J&K Bank blast: Clues point towards LeT

Police officials said that the suicide bomber, who was blown to pieces in the blast, was a Pakistani national.

india Updated: Jan 04, 2006 18:14 IST

The suicide bomber who blew up an explosive-laden car outside the corporate headquarters of Jammu and Kashmir Bank was a Pakistani national affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) outfit, police said on Thursday.

"The ongoing investigations into the car bomb blast that killed four persons and wounded scores of others including a former minister, Usman Majeed, pointed to the involvement of LeT outfit in the heinous act," Deputy Inspector General of Police, Srinagar and Badgam districts, HK Lohia said.

He said the investigation team has found that the suicide bomber, who was blown to pieces in the blast, was a Pakistani national.

Lohia said the investigations are going on in right direction and those behind the bombing would be brought to book soon.

"So far we have made no arrests... But the investigation is going on in the right direction and we are hopeful that we will crack down on the LeT module responsible for the recent spurt in violent acts soon," the DIG said.

Asked about reports in a section of press that a red alert has been sounded in the valley following the blast, he said "we are already on high alert and it is a matter of chance that they (terrorists) succeed sometimes in their nefarious designs".

"We continue to change our strategy to foil the terrorists' plans. But sometimes they succeed," he said.

Asked about precautionary measures taken by the authorities to avert such attacks at public places, the DIG said we are working on a two-pronged strategy to scuttle the future plans of the terrorists.

First Published: Nov 17, 2005 16:27 IST