Amarnath terror attack: Kashmir Police reiterates Lashkar involvement

A joint operation was conducted by 179 Battalion CRPF 52 Rashtriya Rifles Special Operation Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police since 4:30 am on Saturday

Nearly a month after the tragedy of Amarnath Yatra, in which 8 pilgrims had died after militants opened fire on their bus in Kashmir, a Special Investigation Team has arrested accused claiming to have solved the case.

The Police have identified Aizaj Wagey, Zahoor Ahmed and Bilal Ahmed Reshi who helped these four to make the Attack successful by providing them Shelter, Logistics and vehicles. The trio had also carried out reconnaissance of a few police pickets with a design to carry out terror attacks, he added. Munir Khan said that Ismail, a Pakistan militant of Lashkar along with 2 other Pakistani militants and a local Kashmiri Lashkar militant carried out the Amarnath attack. Police identified Pakistani terrorist Abu Ismail of banned Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) as the mastermind of the attack. IGP Khan said that while they knew from the first day that Lashkar militants were involved in the attack, the three arrested local youths have revealed how it was planned.

The bloodshed comes just days after the death of Abu Dujana, the commander of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group, was killed by Indian security forces.

They said that educational institutions have also been shut in Handwara, Hajin and Sumbal areas of north Kashmir.

The terrorist had code word "Shaukat" for yatri vehicle and "Bilal" for CRPF vehicle.

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Khan said the militants had carefully plotted to attack any police or tourist vehicle that crossed their path on the evening of the assault. The state police had then constituted an SIT to investigate the attack.

A police officer said acting on specific information about the presence of militants, police, CRPF and army men launched a joint search operation in Jamia Mohalla, Amargarh in Sopore in north Kashmir's Baramulla district last evening.

On July 10, there was yatri vehicle so they attacked it, had there been CRPF vehicle they would've attacked that, they had planned it, said the IGP.

Official sources said that the step has been taken "as a precautionary measure".

"We are quite near to them".

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