Three arrested in Amarnath pilgrim attack case: Police

The men provided logistical help to four LeT terrorists who carried out the attack in which eight people died

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and deputy CM Nitin Patel interact with the driver of the bus, Salim Sheikh, that was attacked
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and deputy CM Nitin Patel interact with the driver of the bus, Salim Sheikh, that was attacked

Jammu and Kashmir Police yesterday said three people, alleged conspirators in the July 10 attack on Amarnath pilgrims, have been arrested by its Special Investigation Team (SIT).

The men provided logistical help to four Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists who carried out the attack that left eight people dead, IGP Munir Khan told the media here.

The men, who had allegedly helped the four terrorists by providing them with vehicles and shelter, were arrested recently and taken into remand for further questioning, the police said.

The police said the four LeT terrorists, led by Abu Ismail, a Pakistani national, had attempted an attack on Amarnath pilgrims on July 9, but were frustrated by heavy security arrangements.

Another terrorist in the group of four had been identified as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police said. Efforts are on to identify the other two, believed to be Pakistanis.

The three “co-conspirators”- Bilal Ahmed Reshi, Aizaj Wagey and Zahoor Ahmed -had carried out reconnaissance exercises and chosen Botengo near Khanbal as the spot where the attack could be carried out, the police added.

The trio had also provided shelter to the four terrorists in Khudwani and Sriguffwara of South Kashmir, Khan said.

Bilal’s elder brother Adil, an alleged Lashker-e-Taiba terrorist, was killed by security forces earlier this year.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police had constituted an SIT led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani to probe the attack on the pilgrims. Eight people were killed when the terrorists fired at a bus carrying the pilgrims, returning from the Amarnath yatra.

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No of people injured in the attack

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