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700 jihadis waiting to launch attack in J&K

Posted by :) on January 9, 2010


Get Orders From Pakistan To Open Other Fronts

Source :TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Paramilitary forces storm Punjab Hotel where terrorists were holed up

New Delhi: Wednesday’s fidayeen attack in Srinagar which finally ended on Thursday was not a one-off strike. It was part of a plan supported by the Pakistani military to step up terror in Jammu and Kashmir so as to avoid an increased engagement against the al Qaida-Taliban.
As many as 700 fully trained terrorists are waiting in the wings to stage attacks in J&K, with their ‘masters’ in Pakistan directing them to open ‘other fronts’ as they did in busy Lal Chowk area in Srinagar.
The fidayeen attacks appear to be a ploy to tap into fears of the US that an escalation in India-Pakistan tensions, perhaps leading to an armed clash, will derail the Obama administration’s new offensive in Afghanistan which is critically dependent on Islamabad’s support.
Anti-India groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba are al-Qaida associates and have been itching to stage a big ‘show’ in India, as the David Headley-Tahawwur Rana plot indicated. These groups have been more than willing to step up the level of violence in J&K.
Intercepts of communication between the jihadis killed during the Lal Chowk siege with their handlers in Pakistan hinted that LeT has already activated its different modules to carry out more attacks.
Referring to the intercepts, a senior official here said: “It is quite clear from their communication that the terrorists are fully prepared to carry out more Lal Chowk-type operations. Reference to opening other fronts indicates the possibility of similar attacks soon.” This is authenticated by a report by global intelligence group Stratfor,which says jihadi groups operating in J&K are likely to carry out more attacks to instigate more trouble between India and Pakistan and, in the process, derail Islamabad’s participation in the war on its western border and its actions against various terror groups.
The matter is also learnt to have been discussed in the standing committee meeting of the home ministry on Thursday when participants were given a detailed account of infiltration attempts made by jihadis in 2009.

Srinagar siege ends 2 LeT Terrorists Killed In 22-Hr Encounter


Srinagar: Security forces on Thursday stormed a hotel in busy Lal Chowk area killing two LeT terrorists including a Pakistani, ending a 22-hour fierce gunbattle that also left a policeman and a civilian dead. At least 11 persons, including two CRPF jawans, were injured in the encounter, the first this year, which paralysed life in the heart of the city. “The encounter is over. Two terrorists of Lashker-e-Taiba, including a Pakistani, have been killed,” director general of police Kuldeep Khoda told reporters at the scene of the gunbattle.
The Pakistani terrorist was identified by security agencies through wireless intercepts as Qari while the other was named as Usman from Sopore. Security forces had a tough time dousing the fire that erupted in Hotel Punjab even as the terrorists lobbed grenades and opened indiscriminate firing at them. While a CRPF jawan was killed on Wednesday in the firing, an injured civilan, identified as Mohammad Akbar Lone, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.
Khoda said one terrorist was killed when the operation was resumed at 7 am on Thursday after it was suspended on Wednesday night. The other terrorist was shot dead around noon.
The DGP said concerted efforts were being made by Pakistani terrorists to hit targets in J&K and in other parts of the country. “There is desperation in infiltration, there is desperation in carrying out such attacks”. Khoda said the terrorists probably had some other target to attack, “but, because of the encounter, they rushed into the hotel and took positions there to open fire at the police”. The ultras first lobbed grenades and opened fire at a CRPF picket outside Palladium Cinema in Lal Chowk before taking shelter inside the hotel.
Inspector general of CRPF N C Asthana said the terrorists always had the element of surprise when they carry out such attacks. The security forces were fully alert and determined to foil such attempts. Describing the Lal Chowk operation as a success, he said, “We handled the situation extremely professionally. We did not cause any collateral damage at all. We could evacuate all the civilians”. The IGP said the operation to flush out the terrorists from the hotel was prolonged as hundreds of civilians were inside shops and buildings in Lal Chowk.
BLOODY END
Radical pro-Pakistan terror outfit  Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen claims  responsibility, but police point finger at LeT JuM claims there was a third terrorist, Abdul Karim, who fled .
AFTER THE LULL
A week earlier, DGP said there was a  25% drop in terrorist violence  Last suicide attack in Dal Lake area was in
October 2007  Terrorists had attacked pro-dialogue separatist leader, 2 BSF personnel on Jan 2

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