Nagrota attack revenge for Afzal Guru’s hanging, terrorists left posters behind

Nagrota attack: Intelligence sources said the posters indicate that the attackers may have been linked to the Jaish-e-Muhammad, which calls its fidayeen units in Kashmir the Afzal Guru Squad.

Written by Arun Sharma , Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: December 1, 2016 5:18 am
Nagrota attack, Nagrota army unit attack, Jammu and Kashmir , army militant ambush, indian army, afzal guru posters, terrorists, terrorists posters, afzal guru hanging, afzal guru revenge, india news, indian express news Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti paying tribute to Army men who were killed by militants in Nagrota attack, near Jammu on Wednesday. (Source: PTI Photo)

The terrorists who stormed an artillery camp near the headquarters of the XVI Corps in Nagrota on Tuesday left behind posters proclaiming their action was intended to avenge Afzal Guru, the Jaish-e-Muhammad operative hanged in 2013 for his role in the attack on Parliament House. “Afzal Guru shaheed ke inteqaam ki ek aur kisht (another instalment of our vengeance for the martyr Afzal Guru),” the poster reads. The poster proclaims the action to be the work of “Ghazwa-e-Hind key fidayeen”, or holy warriors fighting for Ghazwa-e-Hind — some neo-fundamentalist sects attribute the saying to the prophecy of an apocalyptic war with India.

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Intelligence sources said the posters indicate that the attackers may have been linked to the Jaish-e-Muhammad, which calls its fidayeen units in Kashmir the Afzal Guru Squad. The prophecy is, however, widely cited by other jihadist groups, including the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

On Wednesday, Border Security Force officials discovered an 80-metre long cross-border tunnel, running across the India-Pakistan international border at Chamliyal. The discovery of the tunnel, used by three terrorists killed while attempting to stage an attack near Samba Tuesday, raised speculation that it or a similar route could have been used by the Nagrota attackers.

The tunnel, BSF officials said, was discovered during searches carried out after no breach was found in the barbed wire fencing that runs along the border in the area where the three Samba terrorists were shot.

Evidence that the Jaish-e-Muhammad carried out the Nagrota strike could lead New Delhi to resume its stalled diplomatic efforts to have the organisatio’’s head, Maulana Masood Azhar, listed by the United Nations as a terrorist. New Delhi had made efforts to secure his listing after the attack on the Pathankot airbase, carried out by the Jaish. However, China blocked the moves.

Four terrorists who attempted to storm Indi’’s consulate in the Afghan city of Mazar-e-Sharif in January left behind similar messages scrawled in their own blood.””Afzal Guru ka inteqaam”” one message read.””Ek shaheed,
hazaar fidayee””, another said (one martyr, a thousand fidayeen).

Evidence found from the bodies of the three terrorists killed in Nagrota, Army sources said, suggested the men had recently crossed into Kashmir. The men were carrying packaged food and medicine, other than arms and explosives, typical of groups that cross the Line of Control with the specific intent of staging fidayeen attacks within hours or days.

BSF Deputy Inspector General Dharmendra Pareek said the terrorists killed in Samba were equipped with plastic handcuffs, suggesting they came intending to take hostages, as well as five two-litre devices filled with trinitroglycerine, a highly-incendiary liquid explosive.

In addition to assault rifles and mines designed to blow apart railway tracks, the terrorists also carried a global positioning system and food, the BSF said.

The tunnel was the fifth of its kind detected in the districts of Samba and Jammu since 2012. In March this year, the BSF had detected an incomplete tunnel dug up in Allah Mai De Kothey area.

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    Sudeep Sharma
    Dec 1, 2016 at 12:20 am
    Utter waste of time for Arun and Praveen Swami to have copy pasted the content of email received from Lodi Marg press. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;See no body is bothered to even scratch a word!
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      Nbalu two
      Dec 1, 2016 at 2:02 am
      Where the tunnel ends? Who are living near it? Digging a tunnel for 80 metres in high security area.what a wonder full talent.they befooled us so easily.seven Indians ,killed.this is enough reason to bifurcate Baluchistan from stan.bajwa must then only repent for his capricious designs. Modiji take action.
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        avi
        Dec 1, 2016 at 1:34 am
        There are loud claims from the Minister of defence on improving fences by upgrading to electronics ones. Strange when ground scanning technology is available how and why it has not been used to sanitise sensitive border areas ? Seems the big claims are only propaa and the facts remain stuck on basics.
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          Anon
          Dec 1, 2016 at 12:32 am
          Maybe its JNU students
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            Dhiraj
            Dec 1, 2016 at 11:01 am
            I don't feel it worth of buying big budget weapon systems by paying thousands of crore. In every terrorist attack on army camps we are losing our men. Isn't the government should buy bullet proof clothes in large number for forces at least those working on borders. It should not just for Army. It should be for CRPF, BSF, ITBP personnel who are guarding borders. We are not going to use every now and then the big war machinery bringing in from Russia, Isarel and America for these 4-5 terrorist group targeting our forces.
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              Dhiraj
              Dec 1, 2016 at 11:05 am
              Instead of focusing on taking revenge of every attack by bombarding, i think our focus should be more on how we can keep safe our security forces men at time of these terrorist attacks. Big budget buying sounds good to ears but in reality we are losing our men on regular basis. How many more on the name eye for eye.
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                akmaani
                Dec 1, 2016 at 3:21 am
                It does not happen overnight . . . . and definitely not in India . . we are too slow to accept that it is a lesson and extremely slow to absorb and correct our selves. We shall not operate on impulses.
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                  john michael
                  Dec 1, 2016 at 7:24 am
                  two much of chest thumping after surgical strike ... by defence minister and PM.. this was a bit immature act by the GOI. s on the contrary kept a low profile,, and are doing what they do best... covet strikes on Indian army camps..... with regular success. what is needed now.... " WORK MORE AND TALK LESS"
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                    psb
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 9:39 am
                    before modi ji why hasn't any party worked strongly to secure our borders and finance
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                      Mohan
                      Dec 1, 2016 at 7:08 am
                      They will again hit India, as our Defence Minister and the Present Army Chief is not at all capable. He has no sound, he is not visible, nothing comes from his mouth. I AM ASKING YOU TO KEEP 365 DAYS, 24 HOURS VIGIL WITH NIGHT VISION DEVICE AND SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANYBODY TO ENTER ARMY, AIRFORCE OR NAVY CAMP. WHEN THE MILITANT CAME IN UNIFORM WHERE WAS YOUR WATCH AND WARD. PAK WILL DO IT AGAIN, IF MR. SUHAG AND MANOJ PARRIKAR CONTINUE IN THEIR OFFICE. THIS TYPE OF ACTS NEVER HAPPENED.
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                        Jaijawan Jaikisan
                        Dec 1, 2016 at 2:53 am
                        Hit rawalpindi headquarters
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