New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible for the attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims, which has been denied by the group.
“There is a LeT hand behind the terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims in Anantnag district where seven yatris were killed and 19 were injured. Investigation is still going on. Security has been reviewed,” the IG Kashmir said.
Meanwhile, LeT condemned the attack on the pilgrims and called it a ‘reprehensible’ and ‘un-Islamic’ attack.
LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi said, “Islam does not allow violence against any faith. We strongly condemn such acts.”
Ghaznavi accused the government of orchestrating the attack, saying, “India wants to sabotage the freedom struggle of Kashmiris, therefore it uses such attacks to fulfil its nefarious agenda.”
“At times, India uses Hindus of Uttar Pradesh to hide its terror face, and when it fails, they use false flag attacks against Amarnath Yatris,” he claimed.
The LeT spokesman said no Kashmiri has ever targeted any pilgrim and “this barbarity and atrocity is trademark of Indian forces”.
“They have no match when it comes to committing heinous acts against humanity. Ajit Doval is frustrated due to his failed policies, therefore he has turned to such dastardly acts. India wants to pave way for its anti-Kashmir policies by using such acts but, it is bound to fail like in past. May Allah be our protector and guide,” he said.
This year’s yatra was being organised under the “highest-ever multi-tier security setup” as intelligence agencies had warned that militants were planning to target 100 policemen and as many pilgrims participating in the Amarnath Yatra.
In a letter sent to the Army, CRPF and range DIGs, IGP Kashmir Zone Munir Khan had written, “Intelligence input received from SSP Anantnag reveals that terrorists have been directed to eliminate 100 to 150 pilgrims and about 100 police officers and officials.”