After foiling two suicide attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed earlier this week, security forces in the Valley are hunting for at least seven additional fidayeen squads attached to the Pakistan-based terror group in south Kashmir.
‘In this season, 25 Pakistani-origin terrorists of the JeM managed to infiltrate into the Valley from across the border and have joined hands with their local contacts and group leaders,’ Army sources said.
In the Valley, the squads are believed to have merged with seven local terrorists headed by Khalid Mohammed Tantre alias Noor Trali who is their local commander.
According to Mail Today sources, the group of 32 terrorists has divided into four subgroups with local jihadis attached to the foreign ones to act as their guides and lead them to their targeted areas for carrying out suicide attacks.
The subgroups then formed hit squads of two to three terrorists each and two of these suicide squads of the JeM tried to strike at the security forces and carry out a sensational attack on them in Pulwama last month and the Srinagar airport on Tuesday.
‘Both these suicide attacks were foiled by the alertness of the security forces but still seven suicide squads are active and may try to hit the security forces at different locations,’ the sources said.
Army officials said heavy presence of such groups in south Kashmir is a cause of concern for security forces as even if they succeed once, they can inflict a lot of damage.
Sources in the Valley said most of the terrorists in this Jaish-e-Mohammed group are highly radicalised and before sneaking into Kashmir, they had been motivated by their JeM chief and international terrorist Masood Azhar in the terror camps in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The sources said the terrorists of the group are difficult to track as they stay away from mobile phones and not much is known about them by the forces.
‘Unlike the local terrorists who were indulging in propaganda over social media by posing for pictures and videos and becoming easy targets for the security forces, these Jaish terrorists are difficult to identify and track,’ they said.
Jammu and Kashmir Police’s technical cell has helped in hunting and elimination of several militants including former Hizbul commander Burhan Wani over the last few years by tracking their phones to reach their hideouts.
Interaction with natives is strictly restricted in Jaish and they use their local guides and terrorists for taking help from residents while moving around with them, making it difficult for them to be tracked, the sources said.
In south Kashmir, the Army has been highly successful in eliminating terrorists as 73 of them have been killed in that area in 2017 till September 30 and security forces believe that this is the reason why foreign terrorists in large numbers have been pushed in.
The first two suicide squads of the JeM had tried to hit district police lines in Pulwama where they could not cause much damage but managed to engage the troops in a long encounter, while all three terrorists were killed in the Srinagar base attack with one BSF soldier also losing his life.
Sources said the Hizbul Mujahidden and the Lashkar-e-Taiba have been hit hard and badly by the security forces as their senior commanders including Abu Dujana, Sabzar Ahmed Bhat, Abu Ismail, Bashir Lashkari and many others have been eliminated in encounters.
By: Daily Mail UK
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