Srinagar: Security forces on Tuesday busted a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror module and arrested two active terrorists and their two associates, including a woman, from Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
“In a major breakthrough against terrorist infrastructure in North Kashmir, police along with security forces busted LeT terrorist module by arresting two active terrorists and their two important associates including a woman associate in Bandipora,” a police spokesman said, as reported by news agency PTI.
Huge cache of arms & ammunition recovered
According to a press release issued by the police, “Incriminating materials, a huge cache of arms & ammunition and material for preparing IEDs have been recovered from their possession, thereby averting a major tragedy.”
The arms and ammunition recovered from the terror hideout included one AK-47 rifle, one AK-56 rifle, four AK series magazines, live rounds, RDX powder, nails & ball bearings, batteries of 9 volt, detonators, IED mechanism circuit, remote control, loose wire and iron pipes, the release said.
They were directed to carry out attacks on civilians
Police said that the terrorists were directed by their handlers in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to carry out attacks on civilians.
The spokesman said security forces launched a cordon and search operation at Gundbal Nursery and arrested two active terrorists linked with the proscribed terrorist outfit, as reported by PTI.
“They have been identified as Musaib Mir alias Moya, resident of Rakh Hajin and Arafat Farooq Wagey alias Dr Adil, resident of Gulshnabad Hajin,” he said.
The joint party also arrested two associates of the LeT terrorists.
They were identified as Imran Majeed Mir alias Jaffar Bhaie, resident of Wangipora Sumbal and Suraya Rashid Wani alias Senty alias Tabish, resident of Wahab Parray Mohalla Hajin.
Two hand grenades and other incriminating materials were recovered from their possession.
Terrorist module handled from PoK
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the busted terrorist module was being handled by LeT commander alias Samama, alias Babar, from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
“The module was directed to carry out substantial attacks on civilians and security forces to instil fear in the minds of general public,” the spokesman said.
They were tasked to carry out a powerful IED blast at any crowded public place to cause maximum civilian casualties, he added.
(with inputs from agencies)