India: Lashkar-e-Taiba Responsible for Army Camp Attack in Kashmir
22 Jul 2003, 15:25 UTC
Press Trust of India says Tuesday's attack on an army camp in Indian Kashmir was carried out by the Pakistan-based terrorist group known as Lashkar-e-Taiba.
The official news agency says it received a fax from a militant group called Al Shuhda Brigade to claim responsibility. But it says that group is Lashkar's cover-up.
Two attackers disguised as soldiers stormed the camp in Tanda town, threw hand grenades and fired indiscriminately. Seven soldiers and one brigadier were killed and seven soldiers and two generals were wounded.
The two attackers were also killed in the firefight, which lasted for almost three hours.
The fax said the attack was carried out to protest visiting Pakistani opposition leader Fazal-ur Rahman's remarks that the cease-fire line of control in Kashmir should be converted into a permanent international border. The fax said Mr. Rahman should realize that he has hurt the feelings of Kashmiri Muslims who are conducting a jihad in Kashmir.
Mr. Rahman was on a goodwill visit to New Delhi, where he met with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and other Indian leaders. He said he was trying to promote peace between India and Pakistan.
The attack on the army camp came a day after seven Hindu pilgrims were killed and 25 others wounded in two grenade explosions near a famous Hindu Shrine in Kashmir.
Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.
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