Pak­istan-based LeT be­hind at­tack on pil­grims in Kash­mir: In­dian po­lice

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Srinagar, In­dia - In­dian po­lice said on Sun­day a Pak­istan­based mil­i­tant group blamed for the 2008 Mum­bai at­tacks was re­spon­si­ble for last month’s killing of eight Hindu pil­grims in Kash­mir.

Po­lice said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion had con­cluded that Lashkar-eTaiba (LeT) and Kash­miri ac­com­plices were be­hind the July 10 at­tack that saw mil­i­tants open fire on a bus car­ry­ing Hin­dus on the an­nual Amar­nath pil­grim­age.

“Lashkar was in­volved and the ac­cused have been iden­ti­fied,” In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice Muneer Ahmed Khan told re­porters in Anant­nag district in In­dia’s Jammu and Kash­mir state.

“Once the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was started it was re­vealed that... a Pak­istani mil­i­tant of Lashkar along with two other mil­i­tants and one lo­cal Kash­miri Lashkar mil­i­tant car­ried out the at­tack.”

Three others who pro­vided lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port to the mil­i­tants, in­clud­ing hid­ing places and ve­hi­cles, had been ar­rested.

The July shoot­ing was the worst such at­tack in the di­vided Hi­malayan re­gion since 2000, when gun­men fired on a group of Hindu pil­grims and killed 32 peo­ple in­clud­ing two po­lice of­fi­cers. Khan said the mil­i­tants had care­fully plot­ted to at­tack any po­lice or tourist ve­hi­cle that crossed their path on the even­ing of the as­sault.

This file photo shows Jammu and Kash­mir Chief Min­is­ter Me­hbooba Mufti meet­ing vic­tims of the at­tack on Amar­nath pil­grims in the Anant­nag district hos­pi­tal on July 10

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