The Inspector General of BSF, Jammu frontiers, Rakesh Sharma, on Thrusday said that the two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists from Pakistan, who attacked their convoy at Narsu nullah near Chenani along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Wednesday, were in fact looking for some other target.
“The attack on BSF convoy was just a chance…The BSF convoy was not their primary target,’’ said Sharma after laying wreaths of the mortal remains of two BSF soldiers who died in terrorist attack on the highway on Wednesday. “They were looking for something else and it was a chance that BSF happened to pass from there and they attacked it,’’ he added.
When asked whether ongoing Amarnath yatra was their target, he said that their real target would be known only after detailed questioning of the apprehended terrorists. At present, he is frequently changing statements, Sharma pointed out.
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IG BSF denied any laxity in security along the international border in Jammu frontiers. Reacting to a statement by Punjab’s Deputy Chief Minister that BSF has not been able to completely check infiltration from across the border, he said, “We are doing whatever is the best. The security is quite tight here and as it is not easy to cross the border, they (terrorists) are resorting to various other options to infiltrate’’ (into the Indian territory). “However, the matter is under investigation and until some definite clue comes about their infiltration route, I cannot say anything,’’ he added.
Two BSF jawans were killed and nearly a dozen others injured when two Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorists attacked their bus at Narsu nullah on the national highway on Wednesday morning. While one terrorist was shot dead during the ensuing gun fight, another fled from the spot only to be apprehended alive by the local villagers who later handed him over to police.
While the apprehended terrorist first revealed his name as Qasim Khan from Faislabad and later changed it to Usman and finally settled at Mohammad Naved, identified his slain accomplice as Noman alias Nomi from Bawalpur.
Meanwhile, a five member NIA team led by an officer of the rank of DIG arrived in Jammu to question Naved who, according to sources, was frequently changing statements.
Sometimes he says that he along his slain accomplice had cross the LoC in Poonch, but after sometimes he talks of having cross the border in Kupwara, sources added.