Jammu Kashmir Police (JKP) on Tuesday, claimed to reach a major clue in Monday’s deadly militant attack in which eight army men were killed and more than a dozen were injured including a CRPF officer.
Police said that the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and not by Hizb-ul-Mujahidin outfit as claimed by its spokesman.
“We are about to crack the militant attack carried out on army convoy on Monday,” a senior police officer revealed to Kashmir Life on the condition of anonymity.
He added that the attack was not carried out by Hizb militants. “It was a handiwork of Lashkar-e-Toiba outfit and only two militants were involved in it one of them definitely is a Pakistani,” the officer said adding that “Hizb owned it only to mislead police.”
The officer claimed that police have achieved a major clue about the attack and it will be cracked in a few days.
Before the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, militants killed eight army men and left 14 others wounded at Hyderpora, on the Jammu-Srinagar-Muzaffarabad Highway, on Monday.
The fleeing militants later injured a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Sub Inspector in another attack near Barzulla.
The attackers are believed to have fled on a motorcycle first and then on a Santro car. At Barzulla, they attacked and injured the CRPF Sub Inspector. Thereafter, they abandoned their two-wheeler and escaped in the car.
Police sources told Kashmir Life that the motorcycle and the Santro car were later seized by the police from two different locations.
They added that the motorcycle had been snatched from two youths, namely Saqib and Zaid Farooq, in Baghaat area of the city. Both had reported the incident to the police before the attack.
Hizbul Mujahideen spokesman Baleeguddin had called local news agencies and claimed that the cadres of his outfit had attacked the Army and the CRPF.