Ilyas Kashmiri planned Lashkar-e-Osama
Al Qaeda linked terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri was in the process of forming a new terror group called the “Laskhar-e-Osama” for carrying out reprisal attacks to avenge the killing of bin Laden.Updated: Jun 07, 2011 00:12 IST
Al Qaeda linked terrorist Ilyas Kashmiri was in the process of forming a new terror group called the “Laskhar-e-Osama” for carrying out reprisal attacks to avenge the killing of bin Laden. The new group was plotting a wave of suicide bombings across Pakistan and to target embassies and diplomats, the Express Tribune newspaper reported.
Kashmiri, who was reportedly killed in a drone strike on June 3, had convened a special meeting in the Data Khel area of North Waziristan Agency a week ago to constitute the special squad.
The head of the fearsome 313 Brigade of the Harkatul Jihad-al-Islami called a meeting of several Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders to create “Laskhar-e-Osama” which would be tasked with carrying out suicide bombings throughout Pakistan, including some high-profile targets, the daily said quoting reports generated by Pakistani intelligence agencies.
Besides Kashmiri, TTP commanders Asmatullah Maavia, Amjad Farooqui and Badar Mansoor among others attended the meeting. The three commanders were assigned territories to conduct bombings.
While Mansoor was tasked with targeting Lahore and southern Punjab, Farooq was told to carry out attacks in Islamabad and Azad Kashmir.
Intelligence agencies were able to collect information about the secret meeting and they were also told that Kashmiri had moved his location away from Data Khel, the daily said quoting sources.
First Published: Jun 06, 2011 23:36 IST