Amarnath Yatra Attack: How 'Shaukat', 'Bilal' Helped LeT Carry Out Assault
Munir Khan said that J&K police's Special Investigation Team (SIT) has arrested three conspirators who provided logistical support to LeT terrorists. These men had allegedly provided the four terrorists with vehicles and shelter.
Amarnath Yatris move towards the Amarnath cave. (File image: Getty Images)
Srinagar: Four terrorists, belonging to the Pakistan-based terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), carried out the July 10 attack on a bus ferrying Amarnath pilgrims in which 8 people were killed, Jammu and Kashmir police IG Munir Khan told media on Sunday.
They had code word "Shaukat" for yatri vehicle and "Bilal" for CRPF vehicle. It was purely a terrorist act, he said.
Khan said that J&K police's Special Investigation Team (SIT) has arrested three conspirators who provided logistical support to LeT terrorists. These men had allegedly provided four terrorists with vehicles and shelter. They were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning.
The terrorists, initially, planned to carry out an attack on July 9, but heavy presence of security foiled their objective, Khan said, adding that CRPF convoy and yatra vehicles were their targets.
The three "co-conspirators" -- Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed -- had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.
The trio had also provided shelter to the four militants in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said.
Bilal's elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims.
Another militant in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis. The police also released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.
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