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Court extends NIA custody of alleged LeT terrorist

A Delhi court has allowed further custody of an alleged Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, arrested recently along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, to the National Investigation Agency till December 18.The accused, identified as Mohammed Amir Awan, was arrested by the Army on November 24 from Handwara area of North Kashmir during an intensive search launched after an encounter in the area on November 21 that had left three alleged Lashkar militants dead. One soldier was also killed during the encounter.District judge Poonam A Bamba allowed his further NIA custody after he was produced before the court on expiry of his earlier custody.In its application, the probe agency told the court that the accused was needed for further custodial interrogation. The matter was transferred to the NIA which had registered a case on November 26 and took custody of the alleged terrorist.During initial interrogation, he had identified himself as Mohammed Amir Awan whose code in the Lashkar terror group was Abu Haamaz, the NIA said.The accused told his interrogators that he hailed from Bardiya town near the port city of Karachi and was recruited and trained by the terror group.He was allegedly pushed into the Kashmir valley from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir to carry out attacks on various important installations in the Valley, the agency said.

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NIA arrests man assisting Lashkar-e-Taiba in J&K

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested a man from Jammu and Kashmir for his alleged activities related to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the country.The arrested person has been identified as Tauseef Ahmed Malik (25), a resident of Pulwama.The arrest has been made with the assistance of Jammu and Kashmir police.He was later produced in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Pulwama which granted his transit remand for four days.The accused will be brought to Delhi and produced before the NIA Special Court at Patiala House soon.The role of Tauseef came to light after Nayeem, who was arrested earlier by the NIA from Aurangabad, during his interrogation revealed his name.He has also remained in contact with Nayeem since March 2017 when the latter had visited Pulwama and stayed with LeT terrorists for three months.

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Terror recruitment in J&K at a 7-year high

Close to 100 local youth have joined terror groups in strife-torn Kashmir valley so far this year. The number of locals joining terror outfits this year is the highest in the last seven years. Despite the unrest after Burhan Wani killing, only 88 youth had turned to terrorism in 2016. In 2015, only 66 youth had joined terror groups as compared to 53 in 2014.Data reveals that parliament attack convict Afzal Guru’s hanging in 2013 had also failed to motivate youth to join terrorism with only 16 locals taking to arms.South Kashmir emerged as a breeding ground for jihadists to recruit youth in 2017. Sources said that 75 per cent of the youth who joined ranks this year hail from four districts in south Kashmir. More than 25 youth who had joined ranks have already been killed in different encounters, and over a dozen have been arrested.Officials said relentless social media campaign by Pakistan and jihadists, besides religious exploitation, are some of the main reasons for young boys to take up arms.Videos of terrorists have flooded Facebook and other social networking sites to romanticise terror activity and lure gullible youth to join their ranks besides outwit the security forces and garner public support.”We are targeting local leaders of terror outfits because they are influencing the youth to join them, particularly in the south Kashmir region,” said a top police officer.Security forces, however, have opened a window of opportunity for locals to shun violence by promising proper rehabilitation for them. So far four youths, including footballer Majid Khan, have given up violence and returned home to start life afresh.2017 also saw the highest number terrorists — over 200 — being killed since 2010. Figures reveal that 270 terrorists were killed by security forces in 2010.The figure came down to 119 in 2011. Around 84 militants were killed in 2012 followed by 100 in 2013, 110 in 2014 and 113 in 2015. Despite unrest, security forces killed 165 ultras in 2016.The success against militancy in 2017 is attributed to ‘Operation All Out’ launched by the security forces early this year. The operation saw top leadership of militants being neutralized. They included Burhan Wani’s successor Sabzar Bhat, Lashkar-e-Tioba chief Abu Dujana and Abu Ismail, two nephews – Abu Musaib and Obaid –of Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki-ur Rehman Lakhvi, Talha Rashid nephew of Pathankote attack mastermind Moulana Masood Azhar and others.RETURNING HOMESecurity forces are providing rehabilitation for the youth who come back after shunning the path of terror and violence. This year, four such misguided youth returned to their homes so far, including footballer Majid Khan.
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Police cracks the murder case of Kashmiri army soldier

Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar of Shopian chose country over his self. He preferred to die rather than to succumb to the pressure of terrorists in South Kashmir.New details have emerged about the assassination of the 23-year-old off-duty soldier Irfan Ahmad Dar of 175 Territorial Army (TA) by terrorists at Wuthmula village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district on November 25.While one militant has been arrested, three others — including the top commander Sadam Padder — are on the run. Superintendent of Police, Shopian, Ambarkar Shriram Dinkar said terrorists wanted Sepoy Irfan to work for them but he refused which became one of the causes of his assassination. “The terrorists tried to motivate him to work for them. But they could not succeed and ultimately they decided to kill him. Plus security force men are always the target of the militants”, he said.Sepoy Irfan Ahmad Dar, who was on a vacation, had left home at the Senzen village in his car on November 24 but did not return. On November 25 morning, his body, was riddled with bullets, was found in an orchard in the neighbouring Wuthmula village in Shopian district.Investigation conducted so far revealed that four militants — including Saddam Padder, Bilal, Touseef, newly recruited unidentified man and over ground worker (OGW) Muzamil — hatched a conspiracy to kill Sepoy Irfan.Accordingly, Muzamil went to the native village of Sepoy Irfan and took him to a pre-determined spot at Wuthmula where Saddam, Bilal, Touseef and unidentified militant were waiting in the orchard. “They came out from the orchard and fired at the Sepoy Irfan, resulting in instant death of the victim”, said a police spokesman.Based on the hard evidence, police unearthed the entire chain of conspiracy and finally nabbed one of the accused Muzamil. “The lookout for the other three militants is on and necessary legal proceedings are in progress to complete the investigation”, said the spokesman. Superintendent of Police, Shopian said, the killing was carried out jointly by the militants of Lashkar-e-Toiba and Hizbul Mujhadeen.”Two of the terrorists belonged to Hizbul Mujhadeen outfit. Touseef belongs to Lashkar-e-Toiba. Muzamil was an OGW of slain Lashkar militant Waseem Shah. He worked for Saddam Paddar. They had hatched the conspiracy to kill him in the house of Touseef”, said Shriram.A massive hunt has been launched to track down the three terrorists who are on the run. “Either we will arrest them and bring them before the court or they would be eliminated”, said another officer.
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Terror behind brs till death

After seven years, a local court has sentenced life imprisonment to eight members of Pakistan based terror organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), including three Pakistanis on Wednesday. Additional district judge Pawan Garg also imposed total fine of Rs 94 lakh including Rs 11 lakh each on six convicts while the remaining two were fined Rs13 lakh each.Pakistani terrorists Asgar Ali, Mohammed Iqbal and Shakar Ullah along with locals Babu Nisha Chand Ali, Hafiz Abdul Majid, Kabil Khan, Pawan Puri and Arun Jain were found guilty under section 13, 18, 18B and 20 of Anti lawful activity act. Their life sentence will run until their death. The court expressed apprehension that these terrorists were planning to harm Bala Saheb Thakre and Pravin Togadia to create disturbance in the country.The court took serious note of Lashkar’s chief commander Walid Khan’s long conversation with Pakistani terrorists lodged in Indian jails. The court expressed surprise that Asgar Ali had a phone during the court appearance. Judge Pawan Garg has sent copies of the order to DG Jails of Punjab and Rajasthan as well as principal home secretary for action against the Jail superintendents of Jodhpur, Bikaner, Nabha and Patiala.Judge Pawan Garg also commented on Hafiz Abdul Majid when his lawyer said that he has good knowledge of Quran and Hadees. “No religion or religious book preaches killing of innocent people. Quran is a holy book, after reading and acting on its teaching even a fool will not think of getting involved in terrorist activities,” he remarked.Immediately, after the verdict was pronounced, Arun Jain began shouting and said that the verdict was wrong and there was no proof against him. The convicts refused to leave the court till they were provided a copy of the order which was promptly provided. Later, the police took all of them to the jail. Their lawyers have said that the verdict will be challenged in the High Court.
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Qazigund encounter: Anantnag Police arrests suspected terrorist

The Indian Army on Tuesday said that a suspected terrorist, who managed to flee away during the Qazigund encounter, was arrested by the Anantnag Police later.”One of the terrorist who managed to escape cordon, right in the beginning, was later arrested by Anantnag Police,” Sachin Malik, Commander of south Kashmir based 2 sector RR said.A Chinese pistol was also recovered from him, said Malik.Three terrorists were killed in Qazigund encounter that broke out on Monday when an army convoy came under terror attack.After the attack on the Army convoy that was on its way to Srinagar; the Rashtriya Rifles, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jammu and Kashmir cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the militants. The search operation turned into an encounter with militants.Also readJ&K encounter: 1 soldier martyred, 2 terrorists deadTalking to ANI, SP Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu and Kashmir, said, “Three terrorists have been eliminated in the encounter, and two have been identified as Pakistani nationals. One of them was divisional commander of terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), who had taken over from Abu Ismail.”
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I am Lashkar-e-Taiba’s biggest supporter, was always in favor of action in Kashmir: Pervez Musharraf

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s former dictator Pervez Musharraf, who faces treason charges, told a news channel that he is the biggest supporter of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and its founder Hafiz Saeed.Hafiz Saeed, who was released from house arrest in Lahore, is the founder of LeT and also the chief of Jammat-ud-Dawa (JuD).Speaking to Pakistan’s ARY News, Musharraf said, “I am the biggest supporter of LeT and I know they like me and JuD also likes me.” ALSO READ With promised comeback to Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf forms ‘grand alliance’He also said that he likes Hafiz Saeed, and have met him.In May 2008, the United States Department of the Treasury designated Saeed as Terrorist and the Jamat- ud-Dawah (JuD) was declared as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States in June 2014.Musharraf also said that he was in favour of action in Kashmir. “I was always in favour of action in Kashmir and of supporting Indian Army in Kashmir. They are the biggest force (LeT), India got them declared as terrorist by partnering with the US,” he said. Musharraf also said that they (LeT) is involved in Kashmir and in Kashmir, it is between us (Pakistan) and India. ALSO READ Remembering 26/11: Hafiz Saeed’s release shows Pakistan not serious about bringing perpetrators to justiceSince he left Pakistan in March 2016, Musharraf is staying in Dubai. He faces several charges, including treason for abrogating the Constitution and declaring the emergency in 2007.

India can do no harm to me, Kashmir will soon get freedom: Hafiz Saeed after his release order

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> JuD chief Hafiz Saeed will soon walk free after a Pakistani judicial body today ordered his release from house arrest, in a setback to India’s efforts to bring to justice the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.The banned Jamaat-ud-Dawah head, who carries a bounty of USD 10 million announced by the US for his role in terror activities, has been under detention since January this year.Rejecting the government’s plea to extend his detention for another three months, the Judicial Review Board of Punjab province comprising judges of the Lahore High Court unanimously ordered Saeed’s release on the completion of his 30-day house arrest which will expire tomorrow.”The government is ordered to release JuD chief Hafiz Saeed if he is not wanted in any other case,” said the board which was headed by Justice Abdul Sami Khan.Saeed’s counsel Advocate A K Dogar told PTI that his client will walk free tomorrow.”The JuD chief was illegally detained for 297 days. Hafiz Saeed always worked for Pakistan and the government could not prove any allegation against him,” he said.The fire-brand cleric may walk out free if the government does not detain him in any other case.Soon after the verdict, Saeed resorted to rhetoric and said all efforts by India have failed and he was released.”It was not mine but Pakistan’s case. Today, India faced embarrassment as it is proved that Pakistan is an independent country. I tell you… India can do no harm to me and Kashmir will soon get freedom,” he said in a statement.India has repeatedly asked Pakistan to re-investigate the Mumbai terror attack case and also demanded trial of Saeed and Lashkar-e-Taiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi in the light of evidence it had provided to Islamabad.Before the board’s decision, a federal finance ministry official appeared before it and submitted “some important evidence” against Saeed to justify his detention. The board, however, could not be convinced by his arguments.The board had asked the ministry to explain how release of a single individual would affect the entire country.Punjab Assistant Advocate General Sattar Sahil said the government law officer had presented had ‘some important evidence’ to justify detention of Saeed but all three members of the board unanimously rejected it and ordered his release.Earlier, the home department of the Punjab government told the board that Pakistan might face sanctions from the international community if Saeed is released.On January 31, Saeed and his four aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid and Qazi Kashif Hussain – were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 and the Fourth Schedule of Anti- Terrorism Act 1997. However, the last two extensions were made on the ‘public safety law’.The board refused to give further extension to the detention of Saeed’s aides. They were set free last month.Earlier today, the home department produced Saeed before the board and sought a three-month extension in his detention.Dogar said he told the board that those four aides of Saeed it (board) had set free last month had not created any law and order situation in the country after their release as was being alleged by the home department.”The same allegation the department has levelled against his client which is unfounded. Saeed has been placed under house arrest only to please the US and India,” Dogar said and warned the government from detaining Saeed again in any other ‘fake’ case or charges.”We will move the court without any delay if the government does not comply with the order of the judicial board and set him free tomorrow,” he said.Strict security arrangements were taken at the LHC premises during Saeed’s appearance before the board. A large number of JuD workers also gathered on the court s premises.Saeed’s supporters chanted slogans in favour of their leader.Welcoming the board’s decision, JuD spokesman Yahya Mujahid said, “The friends of India are disappointed today.” Last month, the board had allowed 30-day extension to the detention of Saeed which will expire tomorrow.Meanwhile, a source in the Punjab government told PTI that Saeed may not walk out free as the government is mulling to detain him in another case.”The government cannot afford to set Saeed free in the current circumstance. It cannot face international backlash in the event of releasing the JuD chief,” the official source told PTI.Under the law, the government can detain a person for up to three months under different charges but for extension to that detention it needs approval from a judicial review board.Separately, the LHC today held hearing on Saeed s petition challenging his detention and adjourned the proceedings for December 6.The JuD is believed to be the front organisation for the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is responsible for carrying out the Mumbai attack.Saeed was put under house arrest after Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008 but he was freed by court in 2009.Ten LeT militants killed 166 people and wounded dozens in Mumbai in November, 2008. Nine of the attackers were killed by police while lone survivor Ajmal Kasab was caught.Kasab was executed after a court found him guilty and handed down death sentence.

No authoritative info on presence of Islamic state in J&K: Home Ministry

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today sought to downplay Islamic State’s presence in Jammu and Kashmir, but acknowledged the resurgence of a radical group in the Valley.There is no authoritative information about the presence of ISIS in Jammu and Kashmir, a senior home ministry official said.The comment came in the wake of claims that the global terror organization was involved in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar wherein a terrorist, identified as Mugees, was killed and a sub-inspector, Imran Tak, lost his life.’Amaq’, which is the official news agency of ISIS, had claimed the responsibility for the attack.Pictures of Mugees with the ISIS flag in the background surfaced on social media. Even his body was wrapped in the flag of the banned terror group during funeral.However, the official said it has come to light that Mugees belonged to an extremist group called Tehrik-ul- Mujahideen and was its Pulwama district commander.The Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen was among the first few militant groups that emerged at the onset of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, the official said.It follows the ideology of Salafism which is ultra radical like ISIS. However, the police have found no logistical connection between the two, another official said.The cadre strength of the group is very small and it has been facing an extreme shortage of weapons.Officials said the Tehrik-Ul-Mujahideen was founded much before the Pakistan-based group Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen came into existence.After the killing of Mujees, Adil Ahmed has been appointed the group’s commander in Pulwama district.

It was a very brave decision: Major General BS Raju hails Kashmiri footballer Majid Khan for leaving LeT

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major success for the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Anantnag’s footballer turned terrorist has surrendered.The 20-year-old footballer, Majid Khan, who had recently joined Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), surrendered before the security forces in Kashmir.Majid was presented before the media at a press conference here on Friday.’It was a very brave decision by Majid Khan. I compliment him and assure that he will be able to get back to normal life very soon,’ said Major General BS Raju, who heads the Victor Force that performs counter-insurgency operations in five districts of South Kashmir.Majid surrendered before the First Rashtriya Rifles and is currently under the custody of Victor Force in Awantipora.Majid reportedly surrendered after his parents’ appeal.Even the top police officer of Jammu and Kashmir appealed Majid to surrender and once again join the mainstream.On Thursday, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir range) Munir Khan told media, ‘A very serious counselling campaign is going on in Kashmir to discourage youth to join militancy and we will get positive results in near future. It is our sincere endeavour to ensure that these misguided youth come and join the mainstream.’He also informed the media that the government is preparing a new surrender policy for local Kashmiri militants.

J&K: Footballer Majid Khan who joined LeT surrenders before security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Majid Irshad Khan, a district level footballer from Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag who had recently joined militant organisation Lashkar-e-Taiba, on Friday surrendered before the security forces.The 20-year-old had left home late October and joined the Lashkar-e-Toiba, leaving his family and friends distraught.Majid’s goalkeeping skills were the talk of the town before he left to join the terror outfit.It is believed that he had joined militancy after participating in the funeral of his friend Yawar Nissar Shergujri, a militant who was killed in an encounter with security forces at Herpora in Anantnag district in August.Khan had hinted his inclination to join militant ranks in a Facebook post on October 29.”Jab shauq-e-shahadat ho dil mai, tou suli say gabrana kya (When the desire for martyrdom beats in your heart, why fear the gallows then),” he said in the post.Khan was member of a local football club since he in the ninth standard.In a video doing rounds on social media, his mother, Ayesha, was seen pleading for his return.”Come back and kill us, then go back. Who you have left me for? Majid come as fast as you can, for the sake of your father,” she says.

J&K: Masood Azhar’s nephew, two other terrorists killed in encounter, Army jawan martyred

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew and two other terrorists were killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday.The encounter took place in Pulwama’s Aglar Kandi.One terrorist killed is identified as Talha Rasheed, a nephew of Masood Azhar. The two other terrorists are Divisional Commander Muhammad Bhai, a non-local and Waseem, a resident of Pulwama’s Drubgam.One security personnel Lance Naik Vrahma Pal Singh also lost his life in the encounter.The encounter broke out when the troops of 182 Bn and 183 Bn Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), along with 44 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) and the Jammu and Kashmir Police were carrying out a cordon and search operation (CASO) in the region.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Prime conspirator in Akshardham temple terror attack case held in Ahmedabad

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The alleged prime conspirator in the 2002 terror attack on Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar, Abdul Rashid Ajmeri, was arrested at the city airport after he arrived from Riyadh, a senior official said.The arrest was made late last night.”Ajmeri is one of the prime conspirators behind the Akshardham temple terror attack. He was arrested from the airport after he landed here late last night. We had inputs that he is travelling to Ahmedabad from Riyadh to meet his brother,” the DCP of Ahmadabad Crime Branch, Deepan Bhadran, said.It was alleged that he had planned the terror attack and helped Lashkar-e-Taiba in carrying it out.Ajmeri, an Ahmedabad resident, “had absconded to Riyadh before the terror act was committed,” Bhadran said, adding that more names may come out during his interrogation.Two militants, allegedly with links to Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, had attacked the temple in Gandhinagar on September 24, 2002, killing 32 and injuring over 80 people.The attackers were were killed by the National Security Guard (NSG) commandos.The Supreme Court had, in May 2014, acquitted all six convicts arrested earlier, including three facing death sentence, in the case.

Inside Osama Bin Laden’s hard drive: Bollywood songs, best World Cup goals, Tom and Jerry and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A new trove of documents seized during the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden has revealed quite an uncanny side of the Al Qaeda leader.The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on Wednesday released 470,000 additional files seized in the 2011 US, including letters, videos, audio files and other materials which provides an opportunity to gain further insights into the plans and workings of the terrorist organisation.In between those horrific graphic videos of suicide bombings and beheadings, there lies a collection of Bollywood numbers by Kuman Sanu, Udit Narayan and Alka Yagnik, reported Indian Express.A report said that there were also videos of Bollywood songs, such as ‘Ajnabee mujhko itna bata’ from the movie ‘Pyar Toh Hona Hi’ starring Ajay Devgn and Kajol, the title track of Salman Khan Madhuri Dikshit strrer ‘Dil Tera Aashiq’ and Udit Narayan’s ‘Tu chand hai poonam ka’ from the 1994 classic ‘Jaane Tamanna’. Apart from his love for Bollywood music, he also had clips of the nursery rhyme ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’.Bin Laden also had short clips of the most watched cartoon series ‘Tom & Jerry’ and animated movies ‘Antz and Cars’. Laden had also stored football videos which include a compilation of the ‘Best World Cup’ goals featuring Garrincha, Roger Milla and Fernando Torres.Documents seized during raid also indicated that Osama bin Laden also closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, indicated the documents seized during the 2011 US raid on a Pakistani compound that killed the al-Qaeda founder.The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative David Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top Indian publications.(With agency inputs)

Osama bin Laden followed developments in Jammu & Kashmir, Headley trial: Documents

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Osama bin Laden closely followed developments in Kashmir and the trial of Pakistani-American terrorist David Coleman Headley in the 2008 Mumbai attack case, according to documents seized from a Pakistani compound where the al-Qaeda founder was killed in a US raid in 2011.The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) yesterday released 470,000 additional files seized in May 2011 when US Navy SEALs burst into the Abbottabad compound and shot dead Laden.The files include Laden’s son’s wedding video and diaries left by the Saudi-born militant.The documents revealed that Laden closely followed news related to the arrest of Lashkar-e-Taiba operative Headley and was a regular reader of some of the top Indian publications.An Indian Express article titled ‘Omar Sheikh s Pak handler Ilyas Kashmiri also handled Headley’ was found from the computer of Laden in Abbottabad. The article was dated November 16, 2009.An article ‘Fears of air-borne terrorists strikes in India, UK’ published in Sri Lanka Guardian was also found in a separate file on Laden s computer.A Press Trust of India story headlined ‘Al-Qaeda helping Taliban to destabilise Pakistan Government: Gates’, dated February 9, 2010, was also found on Laden’s computer.Another article found on his computer was about the coded communications between Headley and his Harkat-ul-Jihad- al-Islami (HuJI) links. The news was published by The Time of India on November 15, 2009.Laden also saved on his computer another PTI article, titled: ‘India to send magistrate to US to record Headley’s statement’.Laden highlighted in yellow some portion of the article titled ‘Pak Major handled Headley’s India recce’, published on March 16, 2010.The highlighted portion reads, “The dossiers also sought the custody of Pakistani terrorist, Ilyas Kashmiri.” The documents also revealed that Laden was interested in news related to Kashmir and several terrorists.An Economic Times story ‘US asks Pakistan to find Iyas Kashmiri’ dated January 7, 2010 was among the saved documents on Laden s computer.A February 2009 article about ‘Pakistani Kashmiri militants now fighting NATO forces’ was also found.CIA Director Mike Pompeo said the release of recovered al-Qaeda letters, videos, audio files and other materials provides the opportunity for the American people to gain further insights into the plans and workings of the terrorist organisation.At the direction of President Donald Trump, the CIA put online 470,000 additional files.However, the CIA withheld release of nearly two dozen videos, including the one titled ‘The Story of India’ stating that they were copyrighted videos.The ‘Story of India’ is a BBC documentary series about the history of India.The documents also include Laden’s personal journal, over 18,000 document files and 79,000 audio and image files, which include practice reels for public speeches, audio correspondence and imagery gathered or generated by al-Qaeda for a variety of purposes.”The CIA will continue to seek opportunities to share information with the American people consistent with our obligation to protect national security,” he said.”The materials are posted in the original Arabic and in as close to the original form as possible, modified only so the files cannot be edited,” the CIA said.The CIA said these materials provide insights into the origins of fissures that exist today between al-Qaeda and the ISIS, as well as strategic, doctrinal and religious disagreements within al-Qaeda and its allies; and hardships that the terror group faced at the time of Laden’s death.Other themes in the materials include al-Qaeda s preparations to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 and the group s attempts to promulgate its message through western media.The documents also provide insight into al-Qaeda s efforts to exploit the Arab awakening for its benefit and that of the global jihad, Laden s efforts to maintain unity within the group and among its affiliates despite disagreements over tactics and doctrine and the terror group’s efforts to rehabilitate its tarnished image among Muslims due its mistakes and negative media portrayals.The CIA said the information remaining in the Abbottabad collection that has not been released publicly includes materials that are sensitive such that their release would directly damage efforts to keep the nation secure; materials protected by copyright; pornography; malware and blank, corrupted and duplicate file.

J&K: Encounter breaks out between militants, security forces in Bandipora

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An encounter between militants and security forces broke out on Sunday in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district.Security forces cordoned off the Mir Mohalla village in Hajin area of the district this morning following intelligence inputs about the presence of militants thereWhen the forces were conducting the searches the militants opened fire on them, triggering a gun battle, the official said.The encounter is still underway.On October 16, in a crackdown on terror module, the Security forces arrested two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and on Hizbul Mujahideen militant in Jammu and Kashmir.Earlier, two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) top commanders including a prime recruiter in an encounter at Litter village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district were killed.In another encounter, a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander was killed in an encounter in Ladoora area of Baramulla.

Top terrorists cry betrayal by Pak counterparts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A slew of phone conversations between Al Qeada-affiliate Ansar Gazwat ul-Hind leader Zakir Musa and slain Lashkar-e-Toeba chief Abu Dujana, has blown a lid off the fault-lines in the terror leadership in Kashmir and Pakistan.Released by hitherto unknown Al-Sindh, the phone conversation between the two leaders focus on the betrayal by Pakistani terrorists with Kashmir-based ultras.”I talked to Paarwalay (people across the border). You release an audio saying that you are not with Zakir Musa and he is creating fitana (discord).” They were saying Zakir Musa gave a tip off to get Abbas Bhai (terrorist killed in Kakpora) killed.The 26-year-old Abu Dujana, Chief Operational Commander, Lashkar-e-Toeba, who was the most-wanted leader after Burhan Wani, was killed along with his aide Arif Nabi Dar in a swift surgical operation by a joint team of Army, Police, and CRPF at Hakripora village of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district on August 1.”I talked to Rehan and Abdullah. They told me that Paarwalay demand pinpoint location (of terrorists). Rehan told me that those locations are being raided as soon as they are being disclosed,” Musa is heard telling Dujana.Zakir Musa — a former Hizbul Mujahedeen leader who has gone rogue and called for caliphate in Kashmir — was named the Ameer (chief) of Al-Qaeda linked jihadist group Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind in Kashmir on July 27. This is for the first time in the 27-year history of insurgency that a global jihadi group made its foray into the restive Jammu and Kashmir.”Dujana Bhai, I want to tell you one thing, please sever ties with Pakistani outfits. You stay focused. If you are on the right path, it hardly matters if you are one or many,” said Musa.The phone conversation was released seven days after United Jihad Council (UJC), an umbrella group of over a dozen terror outfits based in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, claimed that a new Ikhwan (disbanded pro-government militia) is being created in the name of ISIS and Al-Qadia using the façade of Zakir Musa.Revealed…Phone conversation between Musa and Dujani was released seven days after United Jihad Council claimed that a new Ikhwan is being created in the name of ISIS and Al Qaeda.

‘Halal Dasta’: Pakistan’s ISI launches new terror outfit to target India

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has allegedly launched another militant outfit named “Halal Dasta” which consists of members of the banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). The new terror outfit literally means “Killer Squad”. Halal Dasta is operating along with Pakistan Army’s Border Action team or BAT, reports Zee News based on inputs from top Indian intelligence sources. According to the report, the prime purpose of the group is to carry out strikes along the Line of Control (LoC), inflicting damage in Surankot and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir and hurt the Indian Army.ISI officials also held a meeting with top commanders of Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen to create a blueprint of the attacks. Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Syed Salahudeen was also present at the meeting, reports Zee News.Last week, at least seven to eight armed BAT members attempted to infiltrate Kupwara in Jammu & Kashmir as Indian troops opened fire on them.

Pakistan using JeM as force multiplier to keep pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeens are the new force multipliers of the Pakistan intelligence apparatus to keep the pot boiling in Jammu and Kashmir. A 17-member group of Jaish fidayeens were pushed in from Pir Panjal into Jammu and Kashmir to replenish the militant ranks in July following the drubbing of the cadres in the valley.Sources said the militants later took the Poonch-Shopian route to enter into south Kashmir region where they were distributed to different areas. Three of the fidayeens were killed when they attacked the District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26. Eight security force men —four each from CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police — were killed and six others injured in the encounter.Sources said the highly trained fidayeens had a job cut out to carry out a suicidal attack on the camps and vital installations to boost the morale of the militants operating in Kashmir.”The inputs are these fidayeens (killed on Tuesday) were from the same group. Three of them were eliminated at Pulwama. Things are to be verified. But I think this group infiltrated in the month of July-August from Shakargah side. But we will verify things,” said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Zone.Police said most of the fidayeens of this group were killed but still some of them are on the run and may carry the suicidal attack again. “If we make a rough estimate I think they are left with six to seven terrorists who we are looking for,” said Khan. More than 152 militants including top commanders of the Hizbul Mujahedeen and Lashkar-e-Tioba have been eliminated by the security forces this year so far. This has hit the morale of the militants who have gone hiding to avoid being killed.Sensing the trouble, Pakistani security and intelligence agencies have revived Jaish to help raise the morale of militants and keep the pot boiling in Kashmir. “CRPF has neutralised six highly trained and motivated terrorists of Jaish -e- Mohammad within span of 40 days. It is worth to mention that CRPF neutralised three JeM terrorists at DPL Pulwama on August 26, 2017,” said a CRPF spokesmanFounded by Moulana Masood Azhar, one of the three militants released in exchange of passengers of the Indian Airlines flight IC 814 in 1999, Jaish-e-Mohammad has been the deadliest group only second to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). But after 2001, security forces had managed to break the back of Jaish by eliminating its top brass including Gazi Baba, the mastermind of the Parliament attack which prompted New Delhi to mobilise Indian army and launch Operation Parakaram.Jaish has been pushed to margins after the security forces blew the lid off the conspiracy to revive the outfit in the north Kashmir last year. First, it was the arrest of Pakistani commander Sadiq Gujjar in February 2016 that hit Pakistan’s plan to revive Jaish.Pakistani handlers later pushed another Jaish commander Abdul Rehman along with four other militants from Machil sector to recruit people in Baramulla. But Rehman too was arrested which hit Pakistan’s plan to revive Jaish. The revival was again visible when security forces killed two of its commanders in Saria Bala locality of Srinagar in May 2016.

Jammu & Kashmir MLA appears before NIA for questioning in terror funding

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Independent Jammu and Kashmir MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid, popularly known as Rashid Engineer, on Tuesday appeared before the National Investigation Agency for questioning in connection with a case related to the funding of terror activities in Kashmir, officials said.Rashid, who is an independent MLA from Langate assembly seat in north Kashmir, is the first mainstream politician to have been summoned by the NIA in the case.Rashid, who walked into the NIA headquarters with a file and documents, said he had nothing to hide.”After trial in the media started about my name, I had approached the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to initiate a probe and find out the truth,” he told reporters before entering the NIA office.The MLA said he had full faith in the justice system.His name had cropped up during the interrogation of businessman Zahoor Watali, who was arrested by the NIA for allegedly supplying money to terror groups and separatists in the Valley.The NIA had registered a case on May 30 against separatist and secessionist leaders, including unknown members of the Hurriyat Conference, who have been acting in connivance with active militants of proscribed terrorist organisations Hizbul Mujahideen, Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and other outfits and gangs, officials said.The case was registered for raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala, for funding separatist and terrorist activities in Jammu and Kashmir and for causing disruption in the Valley by way of pelting stones on the security forces, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India, the probe agency said in the FIR.

LeT terrorists behind killing of BSF constable

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hajin-Bandipora: Jammu and Kashmir police achieved a major breakthrough on Thursday when they were able to identify the group of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militants that killed the BSF Constable Mohammad Ramzan Parrey aka Rameez here on Wednesday night.”There has been movement of LeT militants led by Mehmood Bhai in the area. It was Mehmood and his associates who stormed into the house of Constable Ramzan and killed him. There were three or four of them,” said Nitish Kumar, Inspector General of Police, North Kashmir.Police said the militants have suffered huge reverses in the last few months so they are now resorting to killing innocent and unarmed people.”In the last seven to eight months, more than 14 militants have been killed in the area. Now they are frustrated and it (killing of unarmed BSF man) is the result of that. Only four to five militants are left in this area and Mehmood is their commander in Hajin,” said Sheikh Zulfikar Azad, senior superintendent of police, Bandipora.Security forces are confident that they will neutralise the militants very soon. “We are after them and we will get them,” said Azad.The police are investigating the motive behind the killing of Constable Ramzan, who was on leave and was at his home for over two weeks. Sources said Mehmood’s group was strolling at the river embankment late night when they saw Ramzan talking over the phone.”There was an altercation and they snatched his phone. After 15 minutes they came back and killed Ramzan and injured his family members. We suspect that they saw the pictures of Ramzan in uniform in the phone that tipped them off that he was working in the force,” said a police officer.Police figures reveal that there are 85 militants operating in the three border districts of North Kashmir and most of them are foreigners. “Most of the terrorists are Pakistanis and locals are very less,” said Kumar.

Lashkar-e-Islam chief Abdul Qayoom Najar with Rs 10 lakh bounty killed in Uri

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lashkar-e-Islam’s chief Abdul Qayoom Najar was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kahsmir’s Uri on Tuesday.Nicknamed ‘mobile tower terrorist’, Najar was trying to infiltrate from Lachipora in Uri when he was gunned down by the security forces.It was a major success for the security forces as Najar was wanted for his alleged involvement in more than 50 killings, including that of policemen in Hygam area of Sopore, in the past 17 years.Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Imtiyaz Hussain said, “Najar was killed as security forces foiled an infiltration bid in Lachipora area near the LoC this morning.” “He was returning to Kashmir to take over the command of Hizbul Mujahideen in the wake of elimination of top commanders of the outfit by security forces,” he told PTI.”He was now tasked with reviving the outfit in Kashmir in the wake of elimination of top militants,” he added.He was heading Lashkar-e-Islam, a breakaway faction of the Hizbul Mujahideen.He had gone to Pakistan after he agreed to truce with Hizbul in 2015-16.The 43-year-old was a resident of Sopore.Najar was involved in several killings including that of a village sarpanch in the area.The longest serving Hizbul commander, Qayoom Najar joined militancy at the age of 16.Known as meticulous strategist, Najar soon rose in ranks and became chief operation commander in Hizbul.However, he broke away from Hizbul and formed Lashkar-e-Islam after a rebellion. His outfit had ultra radical style.He was nicknamed mobile tower terrorist for several attacks on the cellular towers in Kashmir.(With PTI input)

NIA arrests two Lashkar aides in Kashmir

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested two Kashmiri accomplices of Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant Bahadur Ali a year after he was arrested after infiltrating into Kashmir from the Line of Control in Naugam sector. Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer, both residents of Wahama village of North Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were arrested from Jammu on Tuesday. “As per the investigation, the accused persons, Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer provided material and logistic support to Bahadur Ali soon after his infiltration into Indian territory”, said a NIA spokesman.The spokesman said a large quantity of incriminating material, including arms and ammunition were recovered from Bahadur Ali. “The case against Bahadur Ali has been charge sheeted whereas further investigation in the case was in progress. During further investigation, the role of Zahoor Ahmed Peer and Nazir Ahmed Peer surfaced following which they have been arrested”, he said.NIA will be seeking the transit remand of these accused persons and will bring them to Delhi for further questioning.Ali was the fifth Pakistani to have been apprehended alive since Udhampur terror attack in August 2015. This is also the third Pakistan militant that has been arrested in Kashmir valley last year.On June 21, last year Abu Ukasha alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur Pakistan was arrested by the police during a routine patrol in Sogam market in Lolaab area on Tuesday evening.

Year after Uri attack: Real culprits at large, but Pakistan feels the heat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One year after the Uri attack, India is no-where near apprehending the real culprits, but the attack has proved to be a turning point in India’s relations with Pakistan. India has hardened its stand against terror attacks and terror groups operating from Pakistan. Efforts are being made to expose Pakistan’s continued support to terror outfits, which is turning out to be a major threat to peace and stability in the region. Uri attack: High number of casualties left nation angryOn September 18 last year, heavily armed terrorists attacked the army base in north Kashmir early morning on Sunday. The death toll turned out to be very high as 19 soldiers lost their lives. Indian soldiers killed four terrorists in the retaliatory fire. The terrorists attacked the army base around 5:30 am when the changeover of troops was taking place. Naturally, the army was not in a good position to retaliate and which resulted in higher number of casualties.How Uri attack changed India’s stance: Surgical strikesOn 29 September, eleven days after the Uri attack, India carried out surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupired Kashmir. India also launched a diplomatic offensive to expose Islamabad’s involvement in spreading terror in the region. However, Pakistan denied any surgical strikes had been carried out. Pakistan even went to the United Nations to claim that India was lying about conducting surgical strikes.NIA probe continues, long battle aheadThe NIA has made little headway in the probe into the terror case. A few months ago, the agency sent a Letter Rogatory (LR) to Pakistan, seeking its response on seizures made after the Uri attack.According to media reports based on sources, the request contained details of medicines, clothes, shoes, accessories, and DNA of one of the terrorists, identified as Abu Anas. Lashkar-e-Taiba posters in GujranwalaIn October last year, posters appeared in the Pakistani town of Gujranwala announcing that the Lashkar-e-Taiba will hold the last rites in absentia for one of the four terrorists who attacked the Indian Army’s 12 Brigade at Uri. The event was postponed after massive pressure from India raising the matter on the international platform.Pakistan based terror groups named in BRICS declarationEarlier this months, for the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like the LeT and the JeM were named in the Summit declaration of the BRICS countries that also asserted that those responsible for committing, organizing or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable. In a significant diplomatic win for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was joined by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michael Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma in strongly denouncing terror activities of such groups, as they expressed determination to collectively fight the scourge.The United States has warned Pakistan to stop being safe heavens for terror outfits. Now BRICS has put further shame on Pakistan. After Uri attack, India is in no mood to let Pakistan off the hook on terror front. (With PTI inputs)

Hizbul Mujahideen vs Al Qaeda: Split wide open within Kashmir terror groups

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As security forces gunned down Abu Ismail, architect of the Amarnath terror attack, the conflict between Kashmir terror groups came out in open.The simmering tension between pro-Pakistan United Jihadi Council and pro-Islamic rule Al Qaeda has been going on since May when top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen Zakir Musa was named Ameer (chief) of Al Qaeda-linked New Jihadist group ‘Ansar Ghazwat-Ul-Hind.Musa has not only distanced himself from the pro-Pakistan group, but is also seen and heard talking about establishing Sharia rule in Kashmir.Earlier in March, a video was circulated in the Valley in which Musa was seen exhorting the Islamic values.A Guardian report said that the softly-spoken Musa appealed to protesters such as the Pulwama students “not to fall for nationalism”. “I see that many people in Kashmir are engaged in a war of nationalism, which is forbidden in Islam,” he said.The fight in the region should “not be for the sake of Kashmir,” he said. “It should be exclusively for Islam so that Sharia is established here.”Later on July 30, a highly influential Hizbul commander Riyaz Naikoo appeared at the funeral of one of the two terrorists killed in Pulwama encounter and cautioned people against falling into the Al Qaeda trap.Naikoo asked people not to join those who ‘defame freedom movement’.The security forces are closely watching this rift between the terror groups.“Time will tell, but it is definitely an important shift,” SP Vaid, the director-general of the Jammu and Kashmir police service was quoted as saying by the Guardian.Abu Ismail’s encounter is the latest flashpoint in this ongoing conflict.A Firstpost report said Ismail had replaced Abu Dujana as operational chief in Kashmir after Dujana sided himself with Musa.Hours after the death of Ismail, Lashkar’s Jammu and Kashmir chief Mehmood Shah issued a stern warning to the “informers”.So, is this conflict helping the security forces?This cannot be proven directly, but the way Abu Ismail was killed in a 5-minute gun battle, it shows that the secirity forces had a very specific intel about him.Soon after the encounter, Major General BS Raju, commanding officer of Indian Army’s Victor Force said that they are expecting a vacuum in Lashkar’s foreign leadership.“He (Abu Ismail) was directly responsible for the death of 14 security force personal and eight civilians besides injures to lot of people. We are looking serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities. We will continue these kinds of operations to neutralise the remnant people which should bring some peace and clam in the Valley.”

‘Join jihad,’ Lashkar chief Hafiz Saeed tells Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hafiz Saeed, the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, has urged the Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar to ‘join jihad’.According to CNN-New 18, the video shows Lashkar e Toiba and Jamaat Ud dawah chief calling on the Rohingya to wage ‘holy war’ if they are threatened.The video, if proven authentic, comes at a time when thousands of Rohingya Muslims are escaping to neighbouring Bangladesh to survive the alleged persecution by the Myanmar Army in Rakhine Province.The country’s de facto leader and Nobel Peac Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi has been under immense global pressure to save the ethnic minority.At present, the Rohingya Muslims are the stateless community that has nowhere to go.India, on the other hand, has been sending relief material to those living in Bangladesh.On Thursday, there were reports that the Center had filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court stating that Rohingya Muslims are threat to India’s national security.However, later in the day, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju trashed the reports and said, “have not filed any such affidavit yet.”

Amarnath terror attack: People said Abu Ismail should be brought to justice; today there is justice, says J&K police

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who masterminded the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in July, was killed by security forces on Thursday along with another Pakistani terrorist, police said.The two were gunned down after a brief encounter that saw the duo running for their lives.”On specific information, a joint operation was launched in Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city.It was around 4:15 pm that a contact was established with the two hiding terrorists in a house there. In a very brief encounter, both the terrorists were killed,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan said.He was addressing a joint press conference along with general officer commanding of the Army’s Victor Force, Major General B S Raju, and IG CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi.Khan said the other terrorist has been identified as Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim.”The bodies of the slain terrorists have been kept at the appropriate place for appropriate disposal,” he said.The IGP said two AK rifles, UBGLs and other material were recovered from them.He said Ismail was involved in 15 cases including the July 10 attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district which left eight of them dead.”After the elimination of Abu Dujana, he (Ismail) had taken over as the chief of LeT in the valley. He was involved in around 15 criminal cases in valley which included murder, dacoities and other militancy related incidents. So, I compliment our teams for executing a wonderful operation with no collateral damage,” Khan said.”The day they (militants) killed yatris, the people said that they should be brought to justice and today they have been brought to justice. It is a great success for the security forces. A chapter of these terrorists has been closed. Tomorrow will be a new day for us. We will start our work afresh.”When the attack took place, there was total condemnation of the act committed by terrorists from all sections of the society and people said loud and clear that these killers must be killed. So, from that day onwards, these killers were our targets and our teams whether they be police, army or the CRPF – were looking for them,” he said.He thanked the people for “expressing that sentiment that time because that was against Kashmiriyat. No Kashmiri liked that”.Asked whether all the militants behind the attack have been neutralised, the IGP said “One foreign and one local terrorists are left.”He said Ismail was an “A++” category militant while Qasim was “A+” category, but refused to share further details of the operation.”It is better not to ask such questions because they are operational details which we do not want to divulge. It is not that whole militancy has been wiped out by their killing. So, it is better not to divulge the details,” he said.Khan said the priority of the security forces is to neutralise the militant leadership in the valley.”Militant leadership is important to be neutralised. That has to be eliminated because they not only are militants but also provoke and motivate children. The priority is to neutralise the militant leadership. You know who are the leaders and they will be our next target,” he said.He, however, said “we have a long way to go and we will keep on trying.”Maj Gen Raju said Ismail’s killing is extremely important because he was responsible for the death of about 14 security forces personnel and eight civilians.”This success is also important because we are expecting vacuum in the foreign terrorists’ leadership of the LeT. After the death of Abu Qasim, then Abu Dujana and now Ismail. In between we also killed (Abu) Ali. Now, we are looking at a serious deficiency in their leadership which should give us more opportunities,” he said.

Kashmir: Top LeT commander Abu Ismail, who masterminded Amarnath terror attacks, killed by security forces

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A top Lashkar commander, who was one of the main accused in the Amarnath attacks that resulted in the deaths of 8 and injuries to 18, was killed by security forces in Nowgam.As per preliminary reports, Abu Ismail, along with an accomplice was gunned down on Thursday afternoon.”LeT terrorist Abu Ismail of Pakistan along with his accomplice killed in Nowgam. Huge achievement for police and SF (security forces),” Jammu and Kashmir police said.This is a huge achievement. The terrorist was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra, said DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar while speaking to ANI.Meanwhile, the news agency said that mobile internet services had been blocked in Srinagar following the encounter.Abu Ismail had replaced Abu Dujana who was killed by security forces in Pulwama.On July 10, eight pilgrims from Gujarat on their way from Amarnath temple, were killed. Amongst those killed were six women. Eighteen people were injured. Ismail is the fourth top terrorist killed in Kashmir since last year. Hizbul Mujahideen leaders Burhan Wani, Sabzar Bhat and Abu Dujana were killed by security forces earlier.

J&K terror funding: NIA raids several locations in Kashmir and Delhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The NIA on Wednesday conducted searches at 16 locations in Kashmir and Delhi on traders who were allegedly indulging in hawala operations and using the money for funding terror and separatist activities, officials said.Sleuths of the National Investigation Agency swooped down on traders at various parts of Srinagar and North Kashmir this morning and carried out extensive search operations at suspected locations, officials added.As many as five traders in old Delhi were also raided by the NIA officials.The raids come a day after the NIA arrested two persons, including a freelance photo-journalist, who allegedly indulged in stone pelting and mobilised support against security personnel through social media.These raids and arrests by the NIA is part of its investigation in a case registered on May 30 in which the leader of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa and banned terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hafiz Saeed, was named as an accused.The NIA has arrested seven persons in the case of alleged funding of terror and subversive activities in the Kashmir Valley to fuel unrest there.The case was registered on issues of raising, receiving and collecting funds through various illegal means, including hawala channels, for funding such activities.It also included causing disruption in the Valley by stone pelting, burning schools, damaging public property and waging war against India.For the first time since the rise of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir in the early 1990s, a central probe agency conducted raids in connection with the funding of terrorist and separatist groups.

J&K: At least one jawan martyred in terrorist attack on security personnel at Pantha Chowk

Updated: Sep 1, 2017, 09:03 PM IST, ANI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least four police personnel have been injured and one lost his life, after terrorists attacked a bus of security personnel at Pantha Chowk area on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. Earlier today, an Assistant Sub-Inspector of BSF lost his life in ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district. Lashkar-e-Taiba is More details are awaited.

NIA grills Hurriyat chief Geelani’s sons about bank accounts & family assets

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Hurriyat chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s sons, who were summoned by National Investigating Agency (NIA) for the second consecutive time, joined investigation on Thursday in the national capital. Geelani’s sons — Nayeem and Naseem — joined probe after a week wherein they were asked to come up with all the details of their properties spread across Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Delhi.The brothers were grilled by the probing agency for almost a week about the their properties and that of their father. “This time they were asked about various bank account numbers and also their bank account,” said a source. Along with them were few others who were also summoned by the agency. Senior officers, however, remained tight-lipped about the questioning of other people.A week ago, NIA after carrying out raids, in J&K at 12 places, arrested businessman Zahoor Watali. Watali, after being questioned by the agency sleuths several times, was arrested. His business is reported to be spread across Kashmir, Delhi, Dubai and London. His relatives who have reportedly purchased properties across the north India are also under the scanner.Two weeks ago the agency had summoned 30 people for questioning after they arrested seven people in the case. NIA is probing the terror funding case, wherein Pakistan-based chief of Jamaat-ul-Dawah, the front of another proscribed outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Hafiz Saeed, has been named as an accused.They had arrested seven separatists including the son-in-law of Geelani.

Pro-Azaadi movement gathers momentum in PoK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Jammu Kashmir National Students Federation (JKNSF) organised a massive rally here, where youth from all walks of life staged a protest against the oppressive Pakistan government. Demanding freedom from Pakistan, leaders of JKNSF blamed Pakistan army and agencies for converting their motherland into terror sanctuaries. The leaders further exposed Pakistan?s double standards as senior leader Liyaqat Khan said, ?When Pakistan built Neelam Jhelum and Mangla dam, there was no problem. But when we demanded our rights and our identity, it became a disputed territory.? Khan further said the youth of PoK have so much potential and are capable of performing in international tournaments, but due to the Pakistan government?s attitude, they are reduced to stomp down their potential. “I urge everyone and even to our veterans that we must break free from the clutches of slavery. Our beautiful land is full of resources and talent, we must not fear and part ways with Pakistan,” Khan added. There is widespread anger across PoK over Islamabad’s continued support to terrorist groups Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. Earlier, JKNSF president Sardar Talhah had highlighted the atrocities committed by the Pakistan Army on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “In 1947, just months after partition, the Pakistan forces, assisted by tribals, attacked the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir and indulged in plunder and the killing of innocents on an unprecedented level,” he said. The Pakistani Army, on October 22, 1947, some of them disguised as tribal invaders, attacked Jammu and Kashmir, killing thousands of people. The tribals, known as Kabailies, were employed by Pakistan with a conspiracy to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir by executing genocide on the people. It was an attack by Pakistani Pathans on the Kashmiri people. “Thousands of people were killed, women were raped, young women were abducted and their whereabouts are still unknown. To mark the day, a series of demonstrations and seminars are being held across PoK and other parts of the world,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Got Nawaz to attend Modi’s oath: Zahoor Watali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kashmiri businessman Zahoor Watali, arrested in a case of terror funding, is bragging about his links, claiming to have played a key role in getting then Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend Narendra Modi’s oath ceremony as Prime Minister in 2014.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Watali on August 17 from Srinagar on allegations of funding terror and separatist organisation Hurriyat Conference.He has been dropping to sleuths big names, including those of politicians, bureaucrats and intelligence officials, NIA sources said.Watali is said to be a man of influence and connections. “He has been boasting of his links, but these are just diversionary tactics,” said an official, tracking developments.Watali has real estate businesses in Jammu and Kashmir and business interests in Delhi, sources said.According to NIA, Watali is suspected of acting as a conduit for illegally remitting funds to secessionists, terrorists and stone-pelters. He was earlier arrested in 1990 by the Jammu & Kashmir police. He was taken into custody along with Yaseen Malik, Sajjad Gani Lone, Bilal Lone and others, and was jailed for eight months at Jammu.Sources said NIA sought his custody and informed a Delhi court on Friday that the terror funding syndicate had international links and he needs to be confronted with various other key players. NIA was granted 10-day custody for further investigation.NIA registered a case on May 30 this year to probe links of separatist leaders of Hurriyat Conference and funding of terror outfits in Kashmir. The larger conspiracy of burning schools, stone pelting and waging war against India is also part of the investigation.Hafeez Saeed, the Pakistan-based chief of Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been named in the FIR as an accused, besides organisations such as the Hurriyat Conference (factions led by Geelani and Mirwaiz Farooq), terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen and Dukhtaran-e-Millat, an all-woman outfit of separatists.Watali is the eighth person to be arrested in the terror funding case with seven others, including Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-in-law Altaf Ahmed Shah, taken into custody earlier.Watali was arrested a day after NIA raided several locations in Srinagar, Handwara, Kupwara and Baramulla that belong to his relatives and employees.”The searches have unearthed highly incriminating material pertaining to receipt of funds by Zahoor Watali from foreign sources and its further distribution to the terrorists and separatists in Kashmir valley for anti-India activities,” NIA said in a statement.

Neutralised LeT commander was involved in

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lieutenant Colonel (Lt Col) Ashish Jhingan on Wednesday lauded the Indian Army over their joint operation in killing top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Ayub Lelhari, asserting that the latter was involved in civilian killings and many bank robberies. Speaking to ANI, Jhingan said ?The security forces knew about the terrorist whereabouts and movement, as we were tracking them from the time. According to our sources, we got to know that the terrorists are travelling in a local mode of transport with commuters. The Jammu and Kashmir police along with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) made a team and formed a joint operation at all security check points to combat them as soon as possible?. The officer further stated that Lelhari was involved in civilian killings and many bank robberies, and they have also recovered an AK47 rifle, magazine, ammunition from him. Earlier in the day, Ayub Lelhari was killed in an encounter on with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir?s Pulwama. The terrorists initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing of small arms, automatics and mortars in the region. Hizbul Mujahideen’s topmost commander in Kashmir, Mehmood Ghaznavi, was also killed in a gun fight that started on Saturday evening at Shopian. Earlier on August 5, three militants of the Lashkar module were killed at the Jamia Mohalla Amargarh in Sopore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Two Harkat-ul-Mujahideen terrorists arrested in J&K

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The security forces on Monday arrested two terrorists of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen from Handwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Yesterday, one of the three terrorists killed in Saturday’s Shopian encounter was identified as Hizbul Mujahideen’s operational commander – Yasin Yatoo. Hizbul Mujahideen’s topmost commander in Kashmir, Mehmood Ghaznavi, was also killed in a gun fight that started on Saturday evening at Shopian. Combing operations were launched to ensure no untoward elements reside in the area. Last week a Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist was arrested from Soppore district of the state. Ishfaq Ahmad Kanna, a resident of Jamia-Qadeem in Sopore, was arrested after an operation was carried out by the Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) when it was conducting a security check on Seer Amargarh Road. During the security check, Ishfaq jumped over the ‘Naka’ and fled to a nearby orchard. The suspected area was cordoned off immediately and he was caught and one pistol, one pistol Meg, five pistol rounds and two UBGL grenades were recovered from him. A case was registered against Ishfaq in the Tarzoo Police Station. After thorough investigation, it has been found out that the militant is a part of the Lashkar Module in North- Kashmir. He used to work as active recruiter before joining the LeT outfit. Earlier, on 5th of August, three militants of the Lashkar module were killed at the Jamia Mohalla Amargarh in Sopore.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railway officials in Jammu put on high alert ahead on I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Independence Day, railway employees in the region have been put on alert and have been asked to be present at their workplaces, an officer of the Jammu Railway wing said. Security has been beefed up at all the railway stations, including at Jammu, Udhampur, Katra, Kathua and Samba, and on tracks, the official said. “The railways have been put on alert and employees have been asked to be present in their offices ahead of Independence Day. It is done as a routine before such days,” he said. “The security has been beefed up at railway stations and on the track. Security personnel have been asked to be alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Railway Mohd Arshad said. Checking and frisking at railways stations have been increased and patrolling on track intensified, he said. The decision comes a day after a crude bomb and a letter warning of revenge for the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana was recovered from the Amritsar-bound Akal Takth Express at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh by the Government Railway Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Railway officials in Jammu put on alert ahead of I-Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ahead of Independence Day, railway employees in the region have been put on alert and have been asked to be present at their workplaces, an officer of the Jammu Railway wing said. Security has been beefed up at all the railway stations, including at Jammu, Udhampur, Katra, Kathua and Samba, and on the tracks, the official said. “The railways have been put on alert and employees have been asked to be present in their offices ahead of Independence Day. It is done as a routine before such days,” he said. “The security has been beefed up at railway stations and on the track. Security personnel have been asked to be alert,” Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)-Railway Mohd Arshad said. Checking and frisking at railways stations have been increased and patrolling on track intensified, he said. The decision comes a day after a crude bomb and a letter warning of revenge for the killing of Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana was recovered from the Amritsar-bound Akal Takth Express at Amethi in Uttar Pradesh by the Government Railway Police.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amethi: Low-intensity bomb defused on Akal Takht Express, letter warns of ‘revenge’ for Abu Dujana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A low-intensity bomb was on Wednesday night found in Amritsar-bound Akal Takht Express in Uttar Pradesh’s Amethi.The two coaches of the train were vacated and the bomb was deactivated.Police also recovered a letter warning revenge for Laskhar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Abu Dujana’s killing.“Dujana ki shahadat ka badla ab Hindustan ko chukana padega,”(India will have to pay the price for Dujana’s ‘martyrdom’), reads a letter recovered from the site. “A low intensity device was found, it has been deactivated and train has left for its destination,” said Saumitra Yadav, SP Government Railway Police.Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national, was killed in a well-planned operation by a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.Coming from Gilgit Baltistan, Dujana is said to have started operating in Jammu and Kashmir from 2010. He was believed to have a strong network especially in southern Kashmir and is said to have been the mastermind behind the Pampore attack which killed at least eight CRPF men in 2016. The LeT had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Pakistan LeT man killed in encounter, two escape

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Continuing its unrelenting operations against terrorists, security forces on Sunday night killed a Pakistani from Abu Ismail-led Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terror outfit in Samboora village in the saffron-rich town of Pampore in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Two others, however, managed to give security forces the slip and escaped from the spot.Acting on specific information about the presence of terrorists in Akram Dar Mohalla in Samboora, a joint team of police along with 50 Rashtriya Rifles and the 110th battalion of the CRPF cordoned off the area and launched a search operation, police said.“The hiding terrorists opened fire on the joint search party which triggered an encounter. In the gun battle, one Pakistani terrorist from Abu Ismail’s LeT outfit was neutralised. However, two managed to escape from the site, but one of them was injured,” said a police spokesman.The slain terrorist has been identified as Umar and one AK 47 rifle was seized from the encounter site. “Umar’s role in different crimes perpetrated by the Abu Ismail group is being ascertained,” he said.A massive manhunt has been launched to nab the two other terrorists who managed to escape. Security forces are following the blood trail of the injured terrorist.Gun-snatching ploy foiledIn a separate incident, police foiled an attempt by three unknown persons to snatch a weapon from a J&K Bank guard in Chrari Sharief of Kashmir’s Budgam district on Monday afternoon.“Policemen foiled an attempt to snatch the weapon from a J&K Bank guard. The trio managed to escape from the spot but was caught on CCTV. A case has been registered and investigation is on,” said the spokesman.INTELLIGENCE INPUTSPolice had received tip-off that terrorists were hiding in Akram Dal Mohalla in Samboora, Pampore in S Kashmir’s Pulwama district
They launched a joint operation and were searching for the ultras when the latter opened fire

Forces to step up operations in North Kashmir after South success

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security forces are ready to intensify operations in North Kashmir after successfully eliminating terrorists in South Kashmir. The majority of the counter terror operations, that gunned down 122 terrorists this year, took place in South Kashmir, but the presence of nearly 120 terrorists in the North remains a matter of concern.The Army, the state police, and the Central Reserve Police Force have been working in close coordination, acting upon specific inputs about location and movement of terrorists to pin them down.”The movements and activities of terrorists in North Kashmir has not been significant, but a huge presence means they are a potential threat. Most of these are Pakistani terrorist,” said an army source.Sources said the intelligence agencies along with security forces have enhanced their surveillance to track the network of over ground workers who assist the terrorists.”We don’t want to be complacent and ignore terror activities in the North,” the source added.The number of slain terrorists is expected to peak this year, with the toll crossing 120 already. Last year the total number was 150.Sources said counter terror operations will continue till winter sets in. “The number of kills this year could be significantly high,” said an army source.According to intelligence inputs Pakistani terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba has managed to flood the terror ranks in both South and North Kashmir.Out of 258 terrorists recruited in the past one year, 139 belong to LeT, making it the most active terror outfit in Kashmir. This includes 39 locals — a new trend — as earlier, local recruits were more attracted towards Hizbul Mujahideen, a group that is primarily oriented to the cause of Kashmir, sources said.The attack on Amarnath pilgrims, which resulted in seven deaths, was also planned by LeT cadres led by Abu Ismail. The Jammu and Kashmir state police have arrested three over ground workers who have revealed the terror conspiracy, police said.Last week, the security forces killed LeT commander Abu Dujana who had infiltrated from Pakistan a few years ago.After the Amarnath attack, a blueprint identifying active terrorists and overground workers were prepared. Sources said intelligence gathering to track their movements needs to be intensified to hunt them down.ACTION PLANAfter the Amarnath attack, a blueprint identifying active terrorists and overground workers were prepared by the security forces.
According to sources, intelligence gathering to track their movements needs to be intensified to hunt them down.
Last week, the security forces killed LeT commander Abu Dujana who had infiltrated from Pakistan a few years ago.

Lashkar-e-Taiba behind Amarnath terror attack, confirms J&K police; three arrested

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday confirmed the involvement of Lashkar-e-Taiba in attack on an Amarnath yatri bus in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir last month.Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when the bus came under terrorists’ gunfire.Addressing to media, Inspector General of Police (Kashmir Range) Munir Khan said, “Happy to tell you that three accused persons have been arrested and they have revealed everything. Lashkar-e-Taiba was involved, and accused were identified.”Khan also said that the attack was initially planned for July 9, 2017, but that day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation.”Ismail, a Pakistani militant of Lashkar alongwith two other Pakistan militants and a local Kashmiri Lashkar militant carried out attack,” Khan said.”Accused people who provided them logistics to carry out their plans in the state and work as their guides have been identified,” Khan said.Khan also said that the terrorists had code word ‘Shaukat’ for yatri vehicle, and ‘Bilal’ for CRPF vehicle. “It was purely a terrorist act,” he said.The attack was initially planned for July 9th,but that day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation.The top officer also said that two Lashkar militants were eliminated few days ago and their involvement in this particular case, is still being investigated.

Terrorists fire at police vehicle in Srinagar, no one hurt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Terrorists tonight fired at a police vehicle in Nowgam area of Srinagar but no one was hurt in the attack that caused panic among the residents and passers by.”Militants fired upon a bunker vehicle of police at Nowgam at 8.45 pm but there was no loss of life in the incident,” a police official said.He said the firing caused panic among the residents of Nowgam and adjoining areas as passers by at the busy city intersection ran towards safety.Traffic was briefly suspended on the Parimpora-Pantha Chowk by pass road following the attack, he addedEarlier, security forces killed three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants in an encounter in Sopore area of north Kashmir, the police said.Two of the killed militants were locals while one was yet to be identified, the police said.The gunbattle took place after security forces launched an operation following information about the presence of militants in Amargarh area of Sopore in Baramulla district, a police official said.As the security forces were closing in, the militants opened fire, which was returned, the official said.Two slain militants were identified as Javid Ahmed Dar of Baramulla and Abid Hamid Mir of Bandipora, the police said.Three AK rifles and two magazines were recovered from them, the police added.Meanwhile, three persons were injured in Bandipora district when Army personnel allegedly opened fire on a group of stone-pelters who targeted them, police said.A mob pelted stones on Army vehicles which were passing through S K Bala locality in Sumbal area of Bandipora this morning, a police official said.He said the Army personnel allegedly opened fire to disperse the mob, resulting in injuries to three persons.The injured have been referred to a hospital here for treatment, he added.A similar incident took place at Harnag in Anantnag district but there were no injuries there, the official said.

‘I won’t surrender, do what you want to’: LeT Commander Abu Dujana told Armyman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national who was killed in encounter with security forces refused to surrender minutes before getting killed.Dujana, category ‘A’ militant who carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head was also wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.In a phone call with an Army officer, Dujana refused to surrender and admitted that he had left behind his parents in Gilgit-Baltistan for jihad, reported Times of India.Report said that Dujana also asked the officer ‘how he was’, after speaking to Kashmiri civilian who was commissioned to begin the conversation.When asked why he was not surrendering, Dujana told the officer that he had left home for martyrdom. “Sometimes we are ahead, sometimes you—today you caught me. Congratulations. Now do what you have to,” Dujana said.
ALSO READ How security forces took inspiration from operation against Osama bin Laden to neutralise Abu DujanaThe slain militant also said that his parents were dead for him since the day he left them behind. He also refused to show any concern for them.The officer repeatedly made appeal to save Kashmiris and not recruit youth for terror. However, Dujana ended the conversation.
ALSO READ After neutralising Abu Dujana, security forces to target six high-profile terrorists in Jammu and KashmirDujana, believed to be in his late 20s, was killed in a well-planned operation by a joint team of the Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF in Pulwama district of south Kashmir.The inmates of the house where he was holed up had told police that he claimed to be from Karachi.
ALSO READ Who was LeT commander Abu Dujana and how he was trapped and killed by security forces?Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir police is going to approach the Pakistan High Commission via the Union home ministry to take the body of Abu Dujana, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander gunned down in south Kashmir.It will be the first time that the Pakistan High Commission is asked to claim the body of a militant killed in Kashmir Valley.

Forces target new LeT chief to prevent outfit’s regrouping

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Diplomatic overtures notwithstanding, security forces have decided to go whole hog against the new Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Abu Ismail to prevent the outfit from regrouping and gaining foothold after the killing of Abu Dujana. “Hunt is on for the new chief (to prevent him to have a foothold after suffering massive blow),” said Dr SP Vaid, Director General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir.The 20 something Abu Ismail was the deputy of Abu Dujana who was sidelined due to the differences within the group. Ismail, a Pakistani national, is the mastermind of the terror attack on the Amarnath pilgrims in which eight pilgrims were killed and 19 others injured at Botengoo area of Anantnag district on July 10.Operating in South Kashmir for the last two and half years, Abu Ismail has been part of almost all recent attacks on the Srinagar-Jammu highway. He is wanted in many cases and has been active in Pulwama and Kulgam.Sources said Abu Ismail has been A++ terrorist and has tried to fill in the space left by the killing of Bashir Lashkari and Junaid Matoo. “He operates across the south Kashmir with focus on the national highway. No matter where he carries out the attack, he flees to Kulgam district because he has been entrenched there for long time. He was operating in Pulwama before he shifted to Shopian and Kulgam,” said a police officer.

J&K: Police asks Pakistan High Commission to claim Abu Dujana’s body

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police have approached the Pakistan High Commission in Delhi, asking them to claim the body of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) divisional commander Abu Dujana.Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir on Tuesday.This is for the first time the authorities have approached Pakistan High Commission asking them to claim the body of any Pakistani national killed in anti militancy operations in Jammu and Kashmir, reported IANS.
ALSO READ Abu Dujana killed: Young chief’s ‘womanising’ irked localsPakistan High Commission has been approached to claim the body of Dujana, who belonged to Gilgit-Baltistan area in Pakistan administered part of Jammu and Kashmir, said Munir Khan, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir​.Police said that the Pakistan High Commission has been approached so that Dujana’s parents can see their son before burial.
ALSO READ After neutralising Abu Dujana, security forces to target six high-profile terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir“If they don’t claim his body, we will give him a proper burial,” the IGP said.Meanwhile, the separatists in Kashmir called for ‘bandh’ to protest the killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists and a civilian on Tuesday.The civilian was killed in protest that erupted following an encounter in which LeT terrorist Abu Dujana and Arif were gunned down by security forces.Separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have jointly called for ‘Bandh’.They have also appealed people to offer funeral prayers in absentia after Zuhr prayers for slain militants and civilian.

Death was waiting as terrorist Abu Dujana visited wife, girlfriend’s homes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lashkar-e-Taiba Kashmir chief Abu Dujana often visited his wife and a rumoured girlfriend in Pulwama district in the past two months, little knowing that death was waiting.Security forces hunted him down, working on inputs of these visits, intelligence officials said today.The Jammu and Kashmir Police had been receiving specific inputs in the past couple of months that Dujana has been visiting a particular village quite frequently, an official said.Upon investigation, it was found that the Pakistani terrorist was visiting the house of a man named Khurshid, whose daughter was married to Dujana, the official said on the condition of anonymity.Soon, the security agencies intensified vigil in the areas and found that 28-year-old Dujana, who was from Gilgit- Baltistan in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, was also involved with another girl.In the last three months, Dujana was very active on the Pulwama-Pompore highway and his visits to the two families have increased, another official said.Acting on an input that Dujana would visit Khurshid’s home in the Pulwama district yesterday, a joint operation was carried out by Army, CRPF and police in the early hours, leading to his killing.Officials said Dujana had managed to give security forces the slip at least five times in the recent months. Terming Dujana’s killing as “good riddance”, IGP Khan claimed he had become an eye-sore for everybody. “He used to enter any house and do anything he wanted to do. Good riddance that way. I think people should relax, the girls, our sisters, they should relax now that no such person is there to harass them,” Khan said.Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several terror attacks, and his aide were gunned down today by the security forces in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.And what helped security forces to zero-in on this much wanted militant were Dujana’s frequent visit to a particular village where he was believed to have married a girl, an official claimed on the condition of anonymity.The two militants were gunned down in the encounter, however, some people gathered at the spot and pelted stones and the security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired a few rounds to disperse them. According to a police official one civilian died in the cross-firing.Early today, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the Hakripora area of Pulwama late last night following information that Dujana and his local associate, Arif Nabi Dar, were present, an Army official said.An encounter broke out after the holed-up militants refused to surrender, he said.During the firefight, both militants were killed, the official said. Their bodies were recovered and the operation called off, he added.Pakistani national Dujana was wanted for many attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir. He was variously described as a category ‘A’ or ‘A++’ militant by Army and police officials. Dujana carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, they said.ccording to a police spokesman, the slain militants were involved in grenade attacks on security forces at Kakapora.They were also involved in the killing of sarpanch Fayaz Ahmad Bhat earlier this year, he said.Dujana was a very close associate of Abdul Rehman alias Abu Qasim, the spokesman said adding that both were involved in an attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur last year.”Dujana was instrumental in recruiting local youth in LeT. He was involved in recruiting Reyaz Ahmad Dar alias Khalid, Dar and Ayoub Lone alias Hebtulla,” he added.He was also involved in the killing of two CRPF personnel at Sangam in Anantnag district and in an attack on a police party at Gallander in Pampore area in which two constables were killed, the spokesman claimed.The other slain militant, Dar, also known as Arif Lilhaari, was involved in robbing J&K bank branches at Arihal, Ratnipora, Nehama and the Ellaquai Dehati Bank’s Wahibugh branch, the police said.As the security forces were engaged in the counter- militancy operation, over 100 protesters resorted to stone pelting on them, a police official said.The security forces used tear smoke shells, pellets and fired a few rounds to disperse them, which resulted in the death of one civilian and injuries to a dozen others, he said.”One person with fire-arm injuries was brought dead at the Pulwama district hospital,” the police official said.The deceased was identified as Firdous Ahmad, a resident of Begumbagh in Kakapora area.According to the police spokesman, he was hit during cross firing between the militants and the security forces.Meanwhile, mobile internet services were snapped across Kashmir as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.The speed of broadband internet services in the valley also significantly reduced following the killing of the two militants, locals said.The authorities shutdown schools, colleges and universities soon after the killing of two militants as a precautionary measure, officials said.Later speaking to reporters, IGP, Kashmir, Munir Khan said the security forces tried hard to make the militants surrender.”Announcements were made from mosques and we tried to utilise the services of the house owner and the persons who came out of the house to impress upon them to surrender. But, because of Dujana’s presence, the other fellow could also not surrender,” Khan said.

Kiren Rijiju and Farooq Abdullah hail security forces for killing LeT commander Abu Dujana

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah today hailed the security forces after top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana was killed in an encounter in Kashmir.”The security forces are taking proper action, be it in Jammu and Kashmir or in some other part of the country, and they are taking firm steps in respective cases,” Rijiju, who is the minister of state for home affairs, told reporters outside Parliament.Abdullah hoped the forces will continue to do “such good work”. “I hope they will continue to do this good work so that there is peace in our state,” the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said while replying to queries outside Parliament.Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were today killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir, the army said.As the security forces were engaged in the counter- militancy operation, over 100 protesters pelted stones on them, an Army official said.The official said that security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama late last night following information about presence of Abu Dujana and his local aide, Arif Lilhaari, in the area.An encounter broke out between the holed up militants and security forces early today.During the ensuing fire fight, both the militants were killed, the official said. PTI ENM

Not involved in many attacks, Abu Dujana was here for ‘ayyashi’, says Lt General JS Sandhu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national, and his aide were on Tuesday killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir.”LET chief Commander Abu Dujana of Pakistan along with his accomplice killed in Hakripora Pulwama,” Jammu and Kashmir police said on Twitter.Dujana was category ‘A’ militant and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. He was also wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.However, speaking to media, Lt General JS Sandhu said that Abu Dujana was in Kashmir only for ‘ayyashi’ and wasn’t involved in may attacks.”He was not really involved in many attacks, vo yahan aiyyashi kar raha tha bas, was a nuisance,” Sandhu said.Acting on a specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hakripora village of Pulwama, security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in the area. The militants opened fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gunbattle. During the ensuing firefight, both the militants were killed.Meanwhile, one person was killed and several others injured as security forces opened fire on stone- pelting protestors near the encounter site in Pulwama where two militants was killed.Mobile Internet services have been suspended in entire Kashmir Valley.”The fact that he went to meet his wife was known to Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) and having watched him on two earlier occasions a certain pattern of timing and pre-arrival locational environment was noticed,” said intelligence sources.As soon as the input was received, JKP placed its watchers around the house and watched silently under cover for two hrs till forces arrived.Sources said that the militants were inside the residential complex and in a bid to flush out the terrorists, the security forces had to blow up the house as there was no other option.

Abu Dujana killed in encounter: Here’s all you need to know about the LeT commander

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with many attacks on security forces, and his aide were today killed in an encounter in Pulwama district of Kashmir.Security forces had launched a cordon and search operation in Hakripora area of Pulwama late Monday night following information about presence of Abu Dujana and his local aide, Arif Lilhaari, in the area.During the ensuing firefight, both the militants were killed.Bodies of the slain militants have been recovered, the official said adding the operation has now been called off.Abu Dujana was wanted in many militancy-related attacks on security forces and political workers in south Kashmir.He was category ‘A’ militant and carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head, a police official said.

J&K: Top LeT commander Abu Dujana believed to be killed in encounter in Pulwama

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Dujana has reportedly been killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. According to reports, Dujana and another militant was killed during an exchange of fire between a group of militants and security forces.”We are yet to recover the dead bodies, will tell you their identities after that,” said Jammu & Kashmir DGP ​SP Vaid.Acting on specific intelligence input about the presence of militants in Hakripora village of Pulwama, security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the area.The militants opened fired during the operation, prompting retaliation from the forces which triggered a gunbattle.Reports said that though the firing has stopped, heavy stone pelting has begun.(More details are awaited)

J-K Police arrests stonepelter, who turned into LeT terrorist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said they have arrested a stone-pelter, who turned into Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist, from the Sopore area of Jammu and Kashmir?s Batramulla district. ?Today a joint naka of 22-RR, the CRPF and the Sopore Police was laid at Fruit Mandi crossing Sopore. During naka checking, one individual identified as Basit Najar of Sopore was apprehended. We have recovered one pistol from his possession,? said an official of the Jammu and Kashmir Police. The officials said on questioning, the accused revealed that he along with his associate Danish Mantoo recently joined the LeT outfit and were active in Sopore area. ?It is pertinent to mention that photos of Basit Najar holding a pistol recently surfaced on the social networking sites. Before joining militancy, Basit was a notorious stone-pelter and was a mastermind in organising stone-pelting and motivating youth for stone-pelting in Sopore town?, the officer said. Recently, a video surfaced showing Najar with other active terrorists in protests during funeral of a terrorist in the Valley. An FIR under Section 297/2016 u/s 147, 148, 149, 336 of the Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) and 231/2016 u/s 147, 148, 149, 336 of RPC has been registered against him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Suspected LeT terrorist from Uttar Pradesh nabbed at Mumbai airport

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A joint team of the UP Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and Mumbai Police on Monday nabbed a suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from the Mumbai Airport.The arrested terrorist has been identified as Salim Khan. He is a resident of Fatehpur in Uttar Pradesh. Salim was trained at Lashkar’s Muzaffarabad Training Camp in Pak-occupied Kashmir. Salim used to finance local modules on behalf of Lashkar for espionage against Indian ArmyThe ATS was keeping a trail on him since his name was revealed by Aftaab Ali, who was arrested by the ATS few months ago from communally-sensitive Faizabad. He was nabbed when he was about to leave Mumbai, the ATS and Mumbai Police nabbed him.Aftaab was supplying information to the ISI. He was also in touch with officials of the Pakistan Embassy in New Delhi. During interrogation, Aftaab had admitted that Salim had transferred money into his accounts from Mumbai.

Delhi court adjourns hearing in LeT terrorist Bahadur Ali’s case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A Delhi court on Monday adjourned the hearing on alleged Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Bahadur Ali for August 28. Bahadur Ali was arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) for conspiring to carry out terror attacks in the national capital and prominent cities of Jammu and Kashmir. Ali was also accused in stone pelting and fomenting trouble in the Valley post Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s death. He is the fourth Pakistan terror suspect to be captured alive in Kashmir since the arrest of Mohammad Naveed Yakub, a 22-year-old from Pakistan?s Faisalabad city who joined LeT at a young age after getting indoctrinated at a local mosque.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

J&K: LeT terrorist arrested in Bandipora, arms and ammunition recovered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist was arrested on Friday from north Kashmir’s Bandipora district and arms and ammunition recovered from his possession, police said in Srinagar.The newly-recruited LeT militant has been identified as Shahbaz Rasool Mir, a resident of nearby Hajin. Mir was nabbed during a search operation in an orchard area in Markundal village in Sumbal area of the district, a police official said.A Chinese pistol, a pistol magazine, four pistol rounds, a hand grenade, a knife and other items were recovered from his possession, the official said, adding a case has been registered.

Another LeT suspect in 26/11 case released on bail in Pak

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sufayan Zafar, a Lashkar-e-Taiba suspect in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack case, has been released on bail by a Pakistani anti-terrorism court due to ‘lack of evidence’ against him, a court official said today. The prime suspect in the case, LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, is already out on bail since April 2015. “Former LeT militant Sufayan Zafar who was arrested last year for his alleged involvement in 26/11 attack has been freed on bail. The ATC which held the hearing at Adiala Jail Rawalpindi recently has granted Zafar bail as no evidence against him was found during investigation,” a court official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 Pakistanis among 4 terrorists involved in Amarnath attack:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Four terrorists, two of them Pakistanis, are suspected to have been involved in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in which seven devotees were killed, home ministry officials said today. Quoting intelligence inputs, the officials said Pakistani national and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail was the mastermind of Monday’s attack and he was assisted by another Pakistani and two local militants. A massive manhunt has been launched for the four terrorists, who are also believed to have used two motorcycles to escape from the scene after attacking the pilgrims bus, officials said. They said the Gujarat registered bus, which was attacked, reached at Jammu on July 7 and got registered at Amarnath shrine facilitation centre. Initially, the bus was part of the regular convoy of the pilgrims and travelled together till Baltal. The pilgrims in the bus paid their obeisance at the cave shrine on July 8 and returned. On the way back, the pilgrims left the convoy and drove to Srinagar. The Gujarati pilgrims stayed in Srinagar for two days as tourists. On July 10, around 4:30 PM, they left Srinagar for Katra. The vehicle got punctured at a place 10 km away from Khanabal around 6:30 PM. Then the passengers went down and had food at a roadside eatery. When the bus resumed its journey, it came under attack from the terrorists at Khanabal around 2017 hours. Facing the bullets, the driver of the bus, Salim Sheikh, charged past the area but had to face another group of terrorists after crossing just 75 metres. The driver again did not stop the bus despite facing the terrorist attack for the second time in quick succession. The bus was finally stopped at a police point after a few kilometres and the policemen on duty took the pilgrims to the Anantnag police line where the injured were given first aid before being shifted to a hospital, officials said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Punish my son if he is a militant: Sandeep Sharma’s mother

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The mother of Sandeep Kumar Sharma, arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police for being an Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative, says her son should be punished he is a militant. Sharma’s mother Parvati and sister-in-law Rekha were interrogated by a team of the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) and released from custody late last night, police said. “If my son is a militant he must be punished. Due to his actions we are facing problems and shame,” Parvati told reporters here after her release. Both Parvati and Rekha work as domestic workers in the district. Sharma, alias Adil, had left the district in 2012 and told his family that he was earning Rs 12,000 per month in Jammu. His father died in 2007 and his brother is a taxi driver in Haridwar, police said. Women police officers have been deployed at his residence and are keeping a close watch on the family.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amarnath terror attack: Meet bus driver Salim who managed to move 50 passengers to safety

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid continuous firing by a group of heavily armed terrorists on Amarnath pilgrims, a bus driver from Gujarat risked his life to save the passenger showing exemplary courage.Terrorists on Monday night killed seven pilgrims, including six women, and injured 19 others as they struck at a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district, in the worst attack on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2001. Risking his life, Salim drove the bus to safety while returning from Amarnath Shrine despite being reportedly hit by a bullet.
ALSO READ Head of every Kashmiri hangs in shame over Amarnath attack: Mehbooba MuftiReports said that Salim locked the door from inside, refraining terrorists from entering into the bus, and drove for nearly two kilometers before stopping near an army camp.”He couldn’t save seven lives, but managed to move 50 people to a safe place. We are proud of him,” said Salim’s cousin Javed Mirza
ALSO READ Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist from Pakistan carried out Amarnath attack: Kashmir police”He called me at around 9.30 pm and said that there was firing. Salim did not stop when terrorists fired but only looked for a safer spot for the pilgrims,” added Javed.The bus which came under attack was from Gujarat (GJ 09 Z 997) and was registered in North Gujarat’s Sabarkantha district.Meanwhile, the bodies of seven pilgrims have been brought to Gujarat in an IAF plane.Chief Minister Vijay Rupani condemned the attack and said the country will never bow down to such an ideology.The Gujarat government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 2 lakh each to the injured.

J&K police bust Lashkar-e-Taiba module, arrests UP resident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Jammu and Kashmir police have busted a major Lashkar-e-Taiba module and arrested two militants including a Hindu ultra from Uttar Pradesh in south Kashmir district of Anantnag.Sandeep Kumar Sharma alias Adil and Muneeb Shah of Kulgam was arrested by the police after a tip off about their involvement in several terror cases in south Kashmir.Sharma was a close aide of slain militant commander Bashir Lashkari who was involved in the killing of SHO Achabal Feroz Ahmad Dar and his five cops.In fact Sharma and Shah were part of the Lashkari led group who ambushed the vehicle of Dar at Thajwara on June 16 killing SHO and his five cops in cold blood. Lashkari and his Pakistani aide Abu Maaz was neutralized recently by the security forces and Sharma and Shah were on the run.“He (Sharma) joined Bashir Lashkar of LeT and worked as his key aide. He was present in a house at Brinty Dailgam when the encounter took place on July 1 in which Lashkari and Abdu Maaz were killed. During the encounter he was rescued along with other members of the family by the police”, said Munir Ahmad Khan, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir zone.On further enquiry, Khan said it was revealed that Sharma along with other individual hatched a criminal conspiracy for providing shelter, ferrying of terrorists from one place to other and actively participating in the terrorists cases.IGP Kashmir said the investigation is in process and the duo has been arrested. “On the direction of LeT the subject (Sharma) along with his associates received terrorists and dropped them at different sites for the terror action in south Kashmir. He also concealed weapons looted from police guards in a vehicle and shifted them to difference locations on the directions of LeT”, he said.Khan said investigation so far conducted has revealed that LeT in league with criminal network is raising money for terror activities by looting banks and ATMs in the south Kashmir region.

Ahead of PM Modi’s visit, Israel supports India hook, line and sinker on terror from Pakistan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Asserting that both India and Israel suffer from the ‘evil’ forces of terrorism, the Jewish nation has said it completely supports New Delhi in its fight against terror emanating from Pakistan and within the country.”Israel has never hidden the fact that it supports India hook, line and sinker on the subject of terrorism,” the deputy director general of Israel’s foreign ministry, Mark Sofer, told reporters.”We are not asking for a quid pro quo. You have suffered from terrorism from inside India, and not just emanating from Pakistan, which has been seen in recent history,” he said.
ALSO READ Israel has survived even though odds were against it: PM Modi ahead of visit Condemning terrorism in all forms, the Israeli official said outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hamas were no different from each other and added that both India and Israel have the right to defend themselves.”We feel that India has a right to defend itself against terrorists in the same way as Israel has a right to defend itself from terrorists. We are both suffering from the same scourge. I really don’t see any difference between the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Hamas. I never did and i don’t today.
ALSO READ PM Modi’s Israel visit: Innovation fund, cyber security deals on tableA terrorist is a terrorist is a terrorist,” said Sofer, who has served as ambassador to India.”Killing people for some sort of spurious or inexplicable ideological aim is terrorism, however you look at it. And that is what is happening from outside into India and coming from outside into Israel as well. We both clearly share the same struggle against the forces of evil,” he said.

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