Raising serious security concerns in the State, the detained Pakistani commander of a fidayeen squad is believed to have revealed that reviving suicide strikes on the police and security forces’ formations was Lashkar-e-Taiba’s initiative “to avenge Afzal Guru’s execution.”
Twenty-six-year-old Mohammad Zubair alias Talha Zaraar of Multan has, according to police sources associated with his interrogation, disclosed on Friday that his jihadist outfit had decided to take revenge for Guru’s “martyrdom” immediately after his hanging at Delhi’s Tihar Jail on February 9. “Within a week, LeT launched a specially trained and well indoctrinated fidayeen squad of five Pakistani militants through Uri,” the sources, quoting the detained militant, told The Hindu .
The March 13 attack on a CRPF camp at Bemina was the group’s first suicide operation — three years after the last of the series at a hotel in Lalchowk area on January 6, 2010.
The Pakistan-based jihadist groups started the 10-year-long spell of fidayeen attacks in Jammu and Kashmir with a dare-devil operation on the sector headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) near Bandipora at the end of the Kargil War in July 1999.
On the disclosures of the militant, who was picked up from his hideout here on Thursday night, the sources identified the two Pakistani fidayeen killed in the encounter at Bemina as Hyder of Sahewal and Saif of Dera Gazi Khan.