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The attack, significantly, has since been attributed to the Lashkar-e-Taiba, not, as initially claimed, the Jaish-e-Muhammad.
Police and intelligence services were aware, the document shows, that the college dropout had been tasked with securing arms and training facilities for a new Islamic State-linked cell in Uttar Pradesh, sparking off months of online surveillance.
The Indian Express had, in December, first published evidence suggesting the two were Class X students at the Shaheen Model School in Muzaffarabad who had accidentally strayed across the Line of Control, and were not terrorists.
The four men had made contact with pro-Islamic State Facebook accounts, and downloaded jihadist material, ahead of the attack on the Bhopal-Ujjain train.
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“There’s simply no way of verifying the identities of individual dead.”
Family members learned of the death through a Telegram instant message sent to them by another Kerala jihadist living in Nangarhar on Sunday morning.
Large Naga populations live in Manipur’s hill areas, and Naga insurgents have long demanded that these communities be made part of Nagalim, a territory encompassing all areas where the ethnic group lives.
Even though the Union Ministry of Home Affairs was made aware of this evidence, no re-investigation was ordered in this and in two other similar cases, government sources have confirmed to this newspaper.
Graduate of Karachi’s jihad seminary, an aide of Osama bin Laden and confidant of Mullah Omar, Akhtar was accused in a coup bid and attempt on Benazir’s life, but escaped repeatedly — until this weekend.
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, the head of the Lashkar and its parent political arm, the Jamaat-ud-Dawa, was placed under house arrest last month, though no criminal charges have been brought against him.
The members of the group have set up stores, teach religion, have married, and had children. None appears to be engaged in military activity.
For that outcome, Pakistan’s intelligence services have already begun to prime organisations like the Jaish-e-Muhammad.
The accounts continue to be active even though the FIF is blacklisted by the United Nations Security Council, obliging all member-states to freeze their assets.
General of the Jaish-e-Muhammad has been holding rallies across Pakistan, openly recruiting new cadre and raising funds.
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Though a senior Pakistani diplomat familiar with the negotiations said there was “no linkage” between the teenagers’ case and Chavan’s release, he said the “matter was being dealt with separately”.
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Intelligence officials in New Delhi said the failure to locate the terrorists could also mean they had gone back the way they came, across the LoC.
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The tree, investigators believe, may have also served to obscure the terrorists’ movements from sentries deployed at pickets on its sides.
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The Ministry of External Affairs said the two had confessed to facilitating the “infiltration of a group of four Jaish-e-Muhammad cadre who carried out the Uri army camp attack.”
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Left behind in the rubble at Nagrota, the detritus of a fidayeen: An assault rifle, ammunition, injectable painkillers, and, incongruously, a small bottle of cheap, yellow ittar. The terrorist who carried these things, we know from the testimonies of others, would have risen early that morning, bathed, prayed, and shaved himself from head to foot. […]
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.
Last month, the Lashkar-e-Taiba admitted responsibility for the attack, naming one of the four terrorists involved in the operation as Muhammad Anas, who operated under the alias Abu Siraqa.
The intelligence services last warned of an imminent strike on a high-value military target in Jammu just ten days ago, the sources said.
Pakistan said it lost three Army personnel, including a Captain, while nine civilians were killed and another nine injured when Indian fire hit a bus on the Neelum Valley road in the Dudhnial sector in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Like Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2001-02, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hoping the threat of war will compel Pakistan to leash the terrorists it has let out of their pens. But both sides seem determined not to blink first.
Phungthing Shimrang, the NSCN (IM)’s military chief, told The Indian Express that reports of the group being handed new currency notes were “completely crazy”.