Amarnath yatra attack: J&K police confirms Lashkar’s involvement, three people arrested

The police also stated that the men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them logistics, vehicle and shelter to carry out the attack has been identified and taken into remand recently.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2017 7:45 pm
amarnath terror attack, amarnath attack, amarnath yatra attack, amarnath pilgrim attack, amarnath terrorist attack, amarnath attack arrests IGP Kashmir Munir Khan addressing the media on arrests made in Amarnath pilgrim attack.(ANI photo)

Nearly a month after the deadly terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 10 in which at least seven people were killed and over 30 were injured, the Jammu and Kashmir police on Sunday said three people involved in the attack have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).

Addressing the media, IGP Kashmir Munir Khan said,”Happy to tell you that  three accused persons have been arrested and they have completely revealed everything.” The IGP further added that the attackers were militants of Lashker-e-Taiba and the accused have been identified.

The police further said that the four LeT militants, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims earlier on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements. “The attack was initially planned for July 9, but that day there was no movement of CRPF or yatri vehicle in isolation,” the IGP said.

READ | The night Amarnath yatra was attacked

According to a PTI report, the police added that another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, who is a local recruiter for the LeT. The police have also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis, the police said.

On July 10, there was yatri vehicle so they attacked it, had there been CRPF vehicle they would’ve attacked that, they had planned it, said the IGP. They had code word ‘Shaukat’ for yatri vehicle, ‘Bilal’ for CRPF vehicle. “It was purely a terrorist act. We are quite near to them, hopefully, will be neutralising militants soon, it can be today, tomorrow,” said IGP Kashmir Munir Khan.

The IGP also stated that the men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them logistics, vehicle and shelter to carry out the attack have been identified and taken into remand recently. He said that the identified men work as guides to the LeT militants.

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The men have been identified as Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed. The police said that the trio had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out. They had provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, IGP Khan added.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted a SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack where the militants fired at a bus carrying the pilgrims returning from their Amarnath yatra.

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    Shafted mohammed
    Aug 7, 2017 at 6:28 am
    They would be taken to Delhi and under the influence of injections they would spit everything out. If they give information then give them biryani if not then put them in a tandoor.
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      Shafted mohammed
      Aug 7, 2017 at 12:34 am
      Give us the good news that Abu Ismail and Abu Dajaja are killed and made chicken tandoor.i am eagerly waiting on this news.
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        Dr.Gounder
        Aug 6, 2017 at 8:13 pm
        India is the third strongest military power after Russia and the USA. Why should these attacks be tolerated? We have 1.3 billion people use them. Also why have not the Kashmiri Pandits been brought back to the Valley? Most want to return who would not like to live in Kashmir! Mr. Modi must act intelligently aggressive likes Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Keep also the Semites (Jews) away from India.
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          Hedonist
          Aug 6, 2017 at 4:51 pm
          Kashmir is not a political issue but a Islamic issue.
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            yash sehgal
            Aug 6, 2017 at 4:41 pm
            Thank u Munir khan saheb..now give them ch.illi danda treatment twice a day for one month, then shoot them n throw them into gutter..That's all, my lord.
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              truth teller
              Aug 6, 2017 at 7:30 pm
              moron yash sehgal - attack was done by RSS 1- why all died are from gujrat ? 2- why they allowed a non shrine registered bus to fare route 3 - why they allowed a bus to fare after closing time of 7 pm - 4- why RSS planted fake hindu driver to claim saving of lives
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