Attack on Yatris shameful, ‘handiwork of Indian forces’: LeT

Srinagar

While Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday blamed Lashkar-e-Toiba for killing seven Amarnath Yatris in Batengoo area of Islamabad district late Monday night , LeT has denied the charges.

Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Muneer Khan told reporters that there were credible inputs that the LeT outfit was responsible for the attack.

Forces stand guard at the spot of the attack. PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

“Today evening terrorists initially attacked a police BP bunker at Botengoo. The fire was retaliated. There was no report of injuries. Thereafter the terrorists fired on a police naka near Khanabal. The fire was retaliated. A tourist bus was hit by bullets in which about 18 tourists were injured. Among them six person died while rest are being treated. The bus was on way to Jammu from Baltal and was not part of the convoy,” read the police statement.

LeT spokesman Dr Abdullah Ghaznavi in a statement issued to a news agency called the attack on Amarnath Yatris as “highly reprehensible act.”

“Islam does not allow violence against any faith. We strongly condemn such acts,” he said.

Ghaznavi said that Kashmiris have never targeted any pilgrim. “This barbarity and atrocity is trademark of Indian forces,” he said.

“India wants to sabotage the freedom struggle of Kashmiris, therefore it uses such attacks to full fill 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.

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