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