‘LeT carried out Silver Star shootout’

SHABIR IBN YUSUF

Srinagar, Nov 3: Police on Saturday claimed that shootout at hotel Silver Star near Pantha Chowk on city outskirts was carried out by the militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) outfit.
A top police officer wishing not to be named told Greater Kashmir the investigations had revealed that three LeT militants had carried out the attack. “The trio has been identified. Two among them were locals and one is a foreigner,” he said.
The officer said the target of the militants was the Army convoy. “Soon after opening fire on the Army vehicles militants managed their escape through the nearby Silver Star hotel. They tried to enter the hotel, but later changed their mind,” he claimed.
The officer said Police drew the sketches of militants after intercepting their wireless messages. “They revealed their code names while interacting with each other. We checked the records and drew their sketches as their names already figure in the wanted list. Some hotel employees had seen the militants and when sketches were shown to them they identified them (militants),” he added.
Another officer, who is a part of the investigating team said, “Militants involved in the attack are active in Pulwama and Kulgam districts of south Kashmir.”
The officer said the investigation team has not been able to identify the people who assisted them (militants) in carrying out the attack. “They have made their conversation through internet that is bit difficult to crack,” they said.
Pertinently, on October 19, 2012, a hotel employee was killed while three others were injured in a shootout in the premises of hotel Silver Star. Later one among the injured also succumbed to his injuries.
When contacted Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police central Kashmir, Syed Afadul Mujtaba said: “Investigations are going on. No further comments.”

Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 3 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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