JeM commander Zahid Wani among five terrorists killed in twin encounters within 12 hours


Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: A Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) commander and a Pakistani terrorist among five terrorists associated with terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT)and JeM were eliminated in two separate encounters with security forces in Pulwama and Budgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Five terrorists including JeM commander terrorist Zahid Wani and a Pakistani terrorist were killed in two encounters in the last 12 hours, said IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar on Sunday.
“05 terrorists of Pakistan sponsored proscribed terror outfits LeT and JeM killed in dual encounters in last 12 hours. JeM commander terrorist Zahid Wani and a Pakistani terrorist among the killed. Big success for us: IGP Kashmir,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

As per police, four terrorists have been killed in an encounter that took place between security forces and terrorists in the Naira area of Pulwama district.

“Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered. Search is going on,” Kashmir Zone Police tweeted.

However, in an encounter that broke between security forces and terrorists in the Chrar-i-Sharief area of Budgam, one terrorist has been killed.

“Incriminating materials including an AK 56 rifle recovered. Search is going on,’ said police.

More details are awaited. (ANI-image -Instagram]

Two terrorists killed in encounter in J-K

Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Two terrorists have been neutralized in an encounter that broke out between security forces and terrorists in the Qasba Yar area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday, said police.
The police further informed that the identification and affiliation of the terrorists killed in the encounter, that broke out earlier this morning, are being ascertained. “Pulwama Encounter Update: 02 terrorists killed. Identification and affiliation being ascertained,” tweeted Kashmir Zone Police.

Causalties feared as blast hits Kabul

Kabul [Afghanistan] : A blast rocked Darul Aman road in Police District 3 of Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Tuesday.
Casualties are feared, Xinhua reported citing eyewitnesses. No terror group has claimed the responsibility for the attack.
Since the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan in mid-August, attacks by ISIL-affiliated terrorists against them have increased.
The rise in terrorist attacks has raised the possibility of a wider conflict between the two groups.

Two terrorists linked with Hizbul Mujahideen arrested in Pulwama

Kashmir (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: Security forces arrested two terrorist associates in Awantipora town of Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district who were allegedly linked with proscribed terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM).
According to an official police statement, Awantipora Police along with 42 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) and 130Bn CRPF arrested two terrorist associates linked with proscribed terror outfit HM. “They have been identified as Muzamil Ayoub Bhat and Suhail Manzoor, both are the residents of Awantipora,” it said.
Police have also recovered incriminating materials and ammunition including 383 rounds of AK-47 from their possession.
“It is pertinent to mention that the arrested terrorist associates were in touch with HM commanders and were involved in the transportation of arms and ammunition, besides, providing shelter and other logistic support to strengthen terror networks,” police said.
A case under relevant sections of law has also been registered in Awantipora Police Station and an investigation has been initiated.

Hizbul terrorists killed

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : One more Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) terrorist killed killed in an ongoing encounter with the security forces in the Chawalgam area of Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir on, Friday said Kashmir Zone police.
The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition. The total number of terrorists killed in the encounter increased to two. The operation is still underway and further details are awaited, it added.
The neutralised terrorists have been identified as District commander of HM Shiraz Molvi and Yawar Bhat.
“Shiraz was active since 2016 and was involved in recruiting innocent youth into terror ranks & several civilian killings. A big success for us,” said Kashmir Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Kashmir Vijay Kumar.
“01 more unidentified #terrorist killed (Total 02). Incriminating materials including arms and ammunition recovered. Search going on. Further details shall follow. @JmuKmrPolice,” the Kashmir Zone police tweeted.
Earlier on Thursday, an encounter had started between terrorists and security forces in the Chawalgam area of the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.
More details are awaited.

Taliban say 65 Islamic State terrorists surrendered in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar

Kabul [Afghanistan]: As many as 65 terrorists affiliated to Islamic State (IS) have surrendered to Taliban-led authorities in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday.
“Through the mediation of tribal elders in Kot and Batkot districts of Nangarhar province, 65 Daesh surrendered to the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) through the intelligence department and expressed remorse for their past actions,” Anadolu Agency quoted the statement issued by the provincial administration in Nangarhar. The men were pardoned for living under “special conditions,” the statement cited Dr. Bashir, the director of the National Directorate of Security in Nangarhar, as saying.
“But if (they) violated (the surrender terms) the most severe legal action will be taken,” it added.
Nangarhar has been witnessing an evident spike in targeted assassinations and bomb blasts, with the pro-Daesh/ISIS claiming multiple attacks, said the publication.
Earlier this month, the Taliban claimed to have dismantled a Daesh hideout in the capital Kabul, blamed for many attacks.
According to Anadolu Agency, the group claimed a massive suicide bombing in Kandahar, besides orchestrating targeted killings in Nangarhar and Parwan provinces as well as a massive suicide bombing in a Shia community mosque in the northern Kunduz province, killing more than 100 people.

NIA court sentences imprisonment to four Hizbul terrorists for conspiring to wage war against India

New Delhi [India]: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) court in Delhi on Monday sentenced the imprisonment of over a decade to four Hizbul Mujahedeen (HM) terrorists for conspiring to commit terror activities in India and wage war against Government of India (GoI).
Two of the terrorists, Md Shafi Shah and Muzaffar Ahmad Dar have been sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment, while the other two, Talib Lali and Mushtaq Ahmad Lone have been sentenced to imprisonment for 10 years.

Indian Army destroys boxes suspected to be loaded with IEDs in J-K’s Poonch

Poonch (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: The Indian Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police recovered two boxes suspected to be loaded with improvised explosive device (IED) during a search operation in the Bhata Durian forest of Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, said the Indian Army sources on Friday.
The boxes were destroyed on the site, said the sources. Further details are awaited.

ISI adopting ‘Lone Wolf’ technique to infiltrate terrorists in Kashmir before winter: Defence expert

New Delhi [India] : Raising concerns over the recent killing of civilians by terrorists in Kashmir, defence expert Major General (retired) SP Sinha on Tuesday said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has adopted “Lone Wolf” technique to infiltrate maximum terrorists into the Valley before winter.
Speaking to ANI, Major General Sinha said, “There is a winter factor. ISI wants to infiltrate maximum terrorists before winter. All the terrorist-jihadists have become unemployed after the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. They are being directed by ISI. ISI has changed its strategy. Now they are believing in Lone Wolf technique, lone wolf a single Jihadi, armed with light equipment. A light revolver or other forms of weaponry, so that he is not caught. He is not spotted and will be able to kill non-Muslims. It is not possible for armed forces, for army and security forces to provide 100 per cent protection and provide security to every inch of ground. I think the visit by the Army chief is important to review the situation.” He believes that Army Chief M M Naravane’s visit to Line of Control (LoC) will raise the morale of troops.
“It has many ramifications and it has many messages. Firstly, it shows that the Chief of Army Staff is very serious about LoC. Secondly, it raises the morale of troops. Thirdly it infuses a level of confidence in their commanders. Fourthly, it sends a message across to Pakistan, and China, that things will not be tolerated or any misadventure will not be tolerated. It is a good move and it will have a great effect with regard to fighting insurgency on the line of control,” he stated.
Talking about the Chinese policy of incursions, Major General Sinha said, “China believes in a strategy called One Palm Five-Finger strategy, and the palm is Tibet and the fingers are Nepal, Bhutan, Ladakh, Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh. And if you analyse the Chinese movements in these areas, all these areas are under the radar or under the focus of China. So, Eastern Commander has very rightly said that Chinese activities are under surveillance. It is important that our surveillance system has to be foolproof, either to satellites or to other drones or other methods.”
Over the past few days, several civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking fear in the valley.

J&K: Terror organisations changing identities

New Delhi [India]: To counter the perception that their activities are part of an Islamic movement, terror organizations in Jammu and Kashmir are tweaking their names.
Security agencies believe that by replacing Islamic names with terms used by Left Wing Extremists, these outfits are trying to portray their movement as a freedom movement against an “oppressive Indian state”. In the recent killings of non-locals, the responsibility was claimed by the groups like The Resistance Front (TRF), United Liberation Front (ULF), Peoples’ Anti-Fascist Front (PAFF). The PAFF has also released a video claiming responsibility for killing several Army jawans.
In the latest edition of an ISIS propaganda magazine-Voice of Hind mentions that militant organisations should adopt names and inspiration from communist ideologies. A chapter in the magazine reads that those who claimed to be mujahideen, on the orders of their masters in Pakistan erased all shades of Islamic names and labels from their filthy organizations. Militant organizations started adopting names and inspiration from communist ideologies and struggles. Nationalist slogans started drowning the chants of takbeer, which until very recently was the battle cry for these Munafiqeen.
A senior official said that it is old wine in a new bottle. The terror organizations like Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish- e-Muhammad that are active in the valley for more than three decades have taken up new names in their latest strategy to spread terror. Intelligence agencies have reports that handlers sitting across the border are giving instruction to the ‘sleeper cells’ to execute the task.
“These new terror groups are very active on social media and in order to reach out to people, they have created Telegram channels, post web blogs and circulate PDFs in the valley. We keep a tap on such activities and in the past we banned a few Telegram channels,” said the official.

Shukla demands strict action

Delhi [India] : Condemning the terrorist attack on civilians in Jammu and Kashmir, Congress leader Rajeev Shukla said that strict action should be taken against terror organisations.
Shukla, who is also the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Vice President, said, “We strongly condemn killings (in J&K). Strict action should be taken against terror orgs. As far as match (T20 WC IND vs PAK) is concerned, under ICC’s int’l commitments you can’t refuse to play against anyone. You’ve to play in ICC tournaments.” There were talks that the BCCI and the government should reconsider playing Pakistan in the ICC men’s T20 World Cup as in the past few days, Jammu and Kashmir witnessed a spate of targeted killings of civilians especially non-locals. Shukla said while strict action should be taken against terror organisations, the match against Pakistan has to be played as it is an ICC tournament.
A street hawker from Bihar and a labourer from Uttar Pradesh were killed in two back-to-back attacks by terrorists in Srinagar and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
Over the past few days, several civilians have been killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, sparking fear in the Valley.
Security forces in the union territory, over the past few days, neutralised 13 terrorists in encounters.
Meanwhile, the much-awaited high-octane clash between India and Pakistan in the upcoming T20 World Cup will take place on October 24 in Duba

Three non-Kashmiri workers shot dead by terrorists in J-K’s Kulgam

Kulgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Three non-Kashmiri labourers who were fired upon by terrorists in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir are residents of Bihar, said the Crime Investigation Department (CID) sources.
Terrorists fired indiscriminately upon non-local labourers at Wanpoh area of Kulgam. In this terror incident, 2 non-locals were killed and 1 injured,” J-K police said. As per the CID sources, “Three non-Kashmiri labourers fired upon by terrorists in Wanpoh, Kulgam (in Jammu and Kashmir) identified as Raja Reshi Dev (dead), Joginder Reshi Dev (dead) and Chunchun Reshi Dev (injured). All are residents of Bihar.”
The Jammu and Kashmir police and other security forces cordoned off the area. Further details awaited.
Meanwhile, Kashmir Inspector General of Police (IGP) Vijay Kumar said on Saturday said that at least 13 terrorists have been killed in as many as nine encounters between security forces and the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir after a spate of targeted civilian killings in the UT is being witnessed.
Earlier a gol-gappa hawker from Bihar and a carpenter from Uttar Pradesh were shot dead by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday. The hawker, Arbind Kumar Sah, and another Sagir Ahmad from UP, was shot dead by terrorists in Pulwama, the police said.
“Terrorists fired at two non-local labourers in Srinagar and Pulwama. Arbind Kumar Sah from Banka in Bihar died in Srinagar and Sagir Ahmad from Uttar Pradesh is critically injured in Pulwama. Areas have been sealed and searches are on,” the Union Territory’s police said in a tweet earlier.
Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha on Saturday condemned the killing of two civilians by terrorists in Pulwama and assured that the perpetrators of the attacks will be punished soon.
Taking to Twitter, Sinha wrote, “I strongly condemn the brutal killings of Arvind Kumar Shah and Sagir Ahmad by terrorists. My heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. UT government stands in solidarity with the bereaved families in this hour of grief.”
Sinha, while expressing grief on the matter said that they will have to pay “a very heavy price for killing innocent civilians.”

He said, “Perpetrators of these heinous attacks will be punished soon. We have intensified our efforts to crush terrorists and their ecosystem. They will have to pay a very heavy price for killing innocent civilians. I urge people to speak in one voice and join hands in the fight against terror.”

Two non-local workers shot dead by terrorists in J-K

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday said that two non-local labourers, who had been fired upon by terrorists in Srinagar and Pulwama, has succumbed to injuries.
According to the police, the area was cordoned off and a search to nab the terrorists is underway. The police, in a series of tweets, said, “A gol gappa seller Arbind Kumar Sah, from Bihar’s Banka, killed by terrorists in Eidgah area of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.”
“Terrorists fired upon 2 non-local labourers in Srinagar and Pulwama. Arvind Kumar Shah of Banka, Bihar succumbed to injuries in Srinagar and Sagir Ahmad of Uttar Pradesh was critically injured in Pulwama. Areas have been cordoned and searches started,” tweeted Kashmir zone police.
The police further informed, “Non-local labourer Sagir Ahmad of Saharanpur, UP who was critically injured in a terror attack in Pulwama, also succumbed to his injuries.”
More details are awaited.

Delhi Police on high alert after receiving input on terrorist attack during festive season

New Delhi [India]: Delhi Police is on high alert after receiving security threat input from intelligence on the terrorist attack, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) New Delhi district Deepak Yadav on Thursday.
“Delhi Police are on high alert as they got security threat input from intelligence on the terrorist attack. After getting the inputs police increased security in the public areas like markets and malls and the police are also working on security measures,” Yadav told ANI. “However, this procedure goes on a daily basis in Delhi. But during the festivals season or on occasions like 15 August and 26 January, we start the special drives, he said.
The DCP said that the police is doing surprise checking like tenants server verification drive every day.
“We are doing surprise checking like tenants server verification drive, neighbourhood watch scheme and other measures every day,” he added.
“All the officers are active in different areas for patrolling and checking vehicles passing through any checkpoint,” Yadav said.

Five killed by militants in Manipur’s Kangpokpi

Kangpokpi (Manipur) [India]: As many as five people have been killed by militants in Manipur’s B Gamnom village in Kangpokpi district after they opened fire at a crowd on Tuesday, said Inspector General of Police (IGP) Lunseih Kipgen.

“Five people were gunned down. So far, three bodies have been recovered while two are still missing. Search is going on,” the IGP told ANI.
Suspected Kuki militants retaliated by opening fire at a crowd gathered at the village while they were gathering for the cremation of two militants, who were neutralised by security forces.

After the firing, all the villagers fled from B Gamnom village to the nearest villages located in the valley areas.

The combined forces of Imphal East police commando team, Special Commando, Thoubal Police Commando and 16 Assam Rifles team headed by IGP Zone-III Lunseih Kipgen, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Themthing, Superintendent of Police (SP) Imphal East N Herojit reached B Gamnom village and conducted a mass operation.

Earlier on October 9, security forces of Assam Rifles under Spear Corps, Indian Army launched a joint operation in Kangpokpi district. The area was cordoned off and firefighting started on October 10. In the operation, four insurgents were neutralised in Manipur’s Hingojang village. (ANI)

UK’s Supreme Sikh Council condemns killing of 5 civilians by terrorists in J-K

Condemning the targeted killings of members of minority communities in Jammu and Kashmir, Supreme Sikh Council UK has urged the Pakistan Government to control terrorist groups operating from Pakistan which target civilians in India.

London [UK], October 10 : The Supreme Sikh Council UK, which is the biggest Sikh body in the UK with an affiliation of over 170 Gurudwaras, asked Islamabad to take action against those responsible for killing dozens of civilians every year in Jammu and Kashmir. In a statement denouncing the recent killings of Pakistan, India’s Jammu and Kashmir and Afghanistan, the Sikh body expressed concerns over reports of persecution of minority communities in Pakistan and called upon the country’s government to protect the rights of minorities.
“We strongly condemn the killing of a pious Sikh doctor in Peshawar in Pakistan last week and further five targeted killings of civilians by terrorists including a female Sikh head teacher, prominent Hindu pharmacist and a Hindu male teacher with an intention to create fear and panic amongst minority community of Jammu and Kashmir,” the statement read.
“We call upon the Pakistan government to protect the rights of minorities in Pakistan and to use its influence on the Taliban regime in Afghanistan to uphold the rights of minorities in Afghanistan. Further, we also urge Pakistan Government to control extremist groups operating from Pakistan targeting civilians of J&K and to hold those responsible for killing dozens of civilians each year in J&K,” the statement read.
The Kashmir valley has witnessed a sudden spurt in the targeted killing of civilians from minority communities-Hindu and Sikh.
On October 2, terrorists shot dead two civilians — Majid Ahmad Gojri and Mohammad Shafi Dar — in separate incidents in Srinagar. Two government teachers including Supinder Kaur from Srinagar and Chand from Jammu were killed on Thursday.
Makhan Lal Bindroo, a prominent Kashmiri Pandit and owner of a pharmacy in Srinagar was shot dead at his shop on Tuesday evening. Just minutes later a street hawker, Virendra Paswan from Bihar, was gunned down in Srinagar. Another civilian, Mohammad Shafi Lone, was killed in Naidkhai in Bandipora on the same day.
The Indian government has condemned the murder of innocent civilians by terrorists and expressed concerns about cross border terrorism.
The Sikh body also expressed concerns with frequent reports of persecution of minority communities in Pakistan including kidnapping, rape, forced conversion and marriages of girls from Sikh and Hindu communities in Pakistan.
Such murders and targeted persecution are designed to create fear and ethnically cleanse areas as was the case leading up and during partition, the body said.

Targeted killings in Kashmir: Amit Shah, J-K Lt Guv to hold discussion in Delhi

New Delhi [India]: In the wake of targeted killings in Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha are likely to discuss the issue on Saturday, government sources said. The meeting is expected to take place in the second half of the day in which the Home Minister along with the J-K LG will discuss security scenario and other issues linked to the spate of crime against innocent people in the Valley where a principal and a teacher of a government school were killed by terrorists on Thursday, the latest in a spate of targeted killings in the Kashmir valley.
The meeting will take place soon after the Home Minister returns to the national capital from Gujarat where he went on one-day trip on Friday linked to some official and party matters. Jammu and Kashmir LG is also expected to arrive in Delhi tomorrow morning.
The meeting has been scheduled two days after the Home Minister chaired a high-level meeting at his North Block office here in the Ministry of Home Affairs, specifically to discuss the targeted killings in Kashmir.
The issue was discussed thoroughly as terrorists stormed into the Government Boys Higher Secondary School in Srinagar’s Eidgah area and shot the principal and the teacher at close range.
The attack comes less than 48 hours after three persons were shot dead in strikes on Tuesday and seven people have been killed in terror attacks in Kashmir in the last five days.
Soon after the killing on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir LG took Twitter to warn the anti-India activities carried out by terror outfits, saying “the terrorists and their patrons will not succeed in disturbing peace, progress and prosperity of J&K UT. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family, friends and colleagues”.
In the series of Tweets, Sinha strongly condemn the “barbaric killing” of two of teachers, Supinder Kour and Deepak Chand by terrorists, and said “a befitting reply will be given to the perpetrators of the heinous terror attacks on innocent people”.
In the nearly three-hour meeting at his office, the Home Minister also reviewed the targeted killing incidents in Kashmir and the roadmap for further action in presence of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, Director Intelligence Bureau Arvind Kumar, Border Security Director General Pankaj Singh, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Chief Kuldiep Singh and other Home Ministry officials.

J-K: Terrorists hurdle grenade outside CRPF camp in Srinagar, no injury, damage reported

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India] : Terrorists hurled grenade outside Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp in Srinagar on Thursday night.
The incident took place at Safakadal where terrorists launched a grenade attack outside CRPF camp. However, no injuries or damage have been reported so far. Further details awaited.
The union territory has reported several terror attacks in the last three days.
Two teachers were killed in a terrorist attack at a government school in the Eidgah area of Srinagar on Thursday.
Earlier on Wednesday, a street hawker was shot dead by terrorists in Srinagar. The incident took place near Madina Chowk, Lalbazar where terrorists fired upon the victim Virender Paswan.
Paswan is a resident of Bihar’s Bhagalpur district and worked as a street vendor. He was residing at Alamgari Bazar, Zadibal. Police said a search operation was underway to nab the terrorists.
Also, a businessman, Makhan Lal Bindroo, was killed by terrorists in Srinagar on Tuesday evening.

After Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, Pakistan-based terrorists surge in J-K

Islamabad [Pakistan]: After the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, the number of Pakistan-based terrorists has surged in Jammu and Kashmir for the first time since New Delhi abrogated Article 370 in 2019, a media report said.
Many of the terrorists crossing into Jammu and Kashmir are affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) groups based in Pakistan that have been fighting together with the Haqqani network, a Taliban faction, in Afghanistan. They are entering into Jammu and Kashmir from Pakistan, EU Today reported citing Nikkei Asia. Since July, nearly 50 terrorists mostly from Pakistan’s Punjab province and tribal areas bordering Afghanistan have “infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir and are currently active”.
The number of active terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir was at its peak in 2018 and after that the number started declining as the government tightened the security while abolishing the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
But as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan, a surge in the number of terrorists has been reported.
Experts have raised fears of attacks due to the surge in the number of terrorists in the area. Analysts have also highlighted that they believe that Let and JeM did not help the Taliban in Afghanistan but both groups have their presence in the region. The two groups also have links to the Haqqani Network and it could lead to provocative actions.

Suspicious movement : Uri

Baramulla (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: A suspicious movement was detected along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Uri area of Baramulla district on the intervening night of September 18-19, according to the PRO Defence, Srinagar.
However, the exact area where the suspicious movement took place in Uri is still not known. The PRO Defence of Srinagar is searching for the area. “A search of the area is under progress,” PRO Defence, Srinagar said.
Further investigation is underway.
Earlier, a police team in Noor Bagh area of Srinagar was attacked by terrorists on Saturday.
“A team of Police while laying cordon came under fire from terrorists in Noor Bagh, Srinagar. Terrorists fled the scene -1 pistol and 1 AK 47 recovered. Reinforcement of Police and CRPF expanded the cordoned area. Search underway,” said Jammu and Kashmir Police.
According to J-K police, terrorists fled after firing and dropped their weapons.
A labourer was shot dead by unidentified terrorists in the Nehama area Kulgam district on Friday.

‘trained to blasts on bridges, rail tracks’

Delhi Police has said that two terrorists, Zeeshan and Osama upon interrogation revealed that they had received training at Thatta in Pakistan to carry out blasts on bridges, railway tracks and large gatherings in India.

New Delhi [India], September 16 : Despite traveling to Pakistan, their passports are not stamped. They had taken the sea route and entered through Gwadar Port. They also used a motorboat while en route to Pakistan from Oman. The investigation also revealed that the planning was similar to the 1993 Mumbai blasts. People from different locations were supposed to meet after conducting recces in different locations.
Sources claimed that the role of sleeper cells has also emerged.
1.5 kg RDX was recovered from the terrorists and the probe agency is investigating and connecting each and every dot.
As per sources in the Special Cell, 15 Bengali-speaking persons were also trained by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in a town named Jioni near Gwadar port along with two arrested terrorists. Police suspect they are from West Bengal.
Maharastra ATS team is in Delhi for meeting Special Cell officers and joint interrogation of the suspects is likely.
Delhi Police Special Cell on Tuesday has busted a Pakistan organised terror module and arrested six operatives, including two Pakistani-trained terrorists.
The arrested suspects were planning to carry out targeted killings and blasts across the country, as per the police.

Punjab orders high alert following arrest of members of ISI-backed terrorist module

Chandigarh (Punjab) [India]: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has ordered high alert in the state following the arrest of four more members of an ISI-backed terrorist module involved in a bid to blow up an oil tanker with an IED tiffin bomb last month, making it the fourth case of a Pakistani terror module being busted in the state in the past 40 days.
Two Pak-based terrorists, including a Pakistani Intelligence Officer, have also been identified and nominated in the case, in which one person was arrested earlier, DGP Dinkar Gupta disclosed on Wednesday. Taking a serious note of the increased attempts by terror groups to disturb the state’s peace, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has directed the police to be on high alert, particularly in view of schools and educational institutions reopening, as well as the festival season and the Assembly polls ahead. The Chief Minister has asked the DGP to ensure a high level of security arrangements to be put in place, especially in busy places, such as markets etc, as well as at sensitive installations across the state.
Giving details of the arrests, the DGP identified Pak-based ISYF Chief Lakhbir Singh and Qasim, a resident of Pakistan, and Lakhbir Singh Rode, who is currently based in Pakistan, as being behind the terror module. Those arrested earlier have been identified as Rubal Singh and Gurpreet Singh. While Rubal, also wanted in a murder case of September 1, 2021, was picked up from Ambala around 5 pm yesterday, the other three were nabbed from their villages in Ajnala, Amritsar. Their fifth accomplice, Gurmukh Brar, was arrested earlier by Kapurthala Police on August 20, 2021.
The DGP said the Pakistani intelligence officer, identified as Qasim, and International Sikh Youth Federation (ISYF) Chief Rode had promised to transfer over Rs 2 lakh to the terrorist module for carrying out the blast. Investigations into the financial aspects are also being carried Oil Tanker out to unravel the money trail, he added. Rubal and Vicky Bhutti were in touch with Qasim, who was working in close collaboration with Rode. Rode and Qasim had reportedly tasked the 4 members of a terrorist module to blast an Oil Tanker for causing maximum damage to people and property.
The terror attempt was made on August 8, 2021, when, at about 11:30 pm, the Ajnala police received information that an Oil Tanker (PB-02 CR 5926) parked at Sharma Filling Station Ajnala, located on the Amritsar-Ajnala Road near village Bhakha Tara Singh, had caught fire. The fire was controlled by a Fire Brigade and an FIR was registered at Ajnala Police Station.

UN adopts resolution to hold peacemakers’ killers accountable

New York [US]: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has unanimously adopted a resolution calling on member states to hold the killers and perpetrators of violence against the world body’s peacekeepers around the world accountable, the global body announced on Wednesday.
“The [resolution] calls upon Member States hosting or having hosted United Nations peacekeeping operations, to take all appropriate measures, in accordance with their national law, and international law …to bring to justice perpetrators of the killing of, and all acts of violence against United Nations personnel,” it said. The resolution also calls on host states to work with peacekeeping missions to enhance the safety and security of mission personnel and to take all necessary measures to investigate such acts, and arrest and prosecute perpetrators of such acts in line with their national law, the UN said.
The resolution further calls upon “the Member States hosting or having hosted United Nations peacekeeping operations to promote accountability for the killing of, and all acts of violence against United Nations personnel serving in peacekeeping operations, including… their detention and abduction.”
The Security Council also called on member states to strengthen their police, justice and corrections institutions to implement effective and efficient investigation and prosecution measures, including technical and logistical support, to address impunity and ensure accountability for such acts, the resolution said.

Arms, ammunition, drugs recovered in J-K

Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 12 : The security forces on Thursday recovered arms and ammunition along with drugs during a search operation in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to Kupwara Police, the search operation conducted jointly by security forces in Hajitra and Tadd villages near the Line of Control (LoC) led to the recovery of 15 grenades, 3 detonators, 5 pistols with ammunition and a packet of heroin. “The recovery prevented the smuggling of war-like stores and narcotics,” said the police.

10 terrorists killed, 5 injured in Afghan Air Force’s airstrike in Kandahar

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 11 : Ten terrorists were killed and five other suffered injuries as Afghan Air Force’s airstrike targeted the Taliban’s gathering in Kandahar city on Tuesday night, the country’s defense ministry said on Wednesday.
“AAF targeted Taliban’s gathering in the outskirts of the Kandahar city last night. 10 terrorists were killed and 5 others wounded as a result of the #airstrike,” the defence ministry spokesperson Fawad Aman said. Fierce fighting between Afghan forces and Taliban is underway in Herat, Lashkar Gah, and Kandahar in the south.
The new wave of deadly clashes by Taliban terrorists started in Afghanistan last month.
With US and NATO forces announcing withdrawal from the country, the Taliban began an assault on major cities and seized control of several cities.
Taliban have also attacked civilians and imposed regressive and barbaric rules in the provinces that fell to them.
In less than a week, the Taliban captured seven out of 34 provincial capitals in the country.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday informed that at least 180 people have been killed while more than 1,180 have been wounded in four Afghan cities alone since July 9 as Taliban offensives have escalated.
The Afghan government forces and the Taliban must stop fighting “to prevent bloodshed.”If they fail to return to the negotiating table and reach an agreement, the situation for the Afghan people will become “even worse,” Sputnik reported citing Michelle Bachelet.

3 terrorists killed in an exchange of fire in Lahore

Punjab [Pakistan]: A Pakistan counter-terrorism unit on Sunday shot down three terrorists during an exchange of fire in Lahore.

Punjab province’s Counter-Terrorism Department killed three alleged terrorists, who were planning attacks on sensitive installations and departments. The department’s spokesperson said that a raid was conducted by the Lahore CTD in the Ferozewala area where the three alleged terrorists rented a house.

“The three deceased terrorism suspects are Ehsan Ullah, Naimat Ullah and Abdul Salam and were shot dead during an operation conducted after a coordinated information and intelligence gathering,” said the department’s spokesperson.

In another incident from Sindh, a former Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader was killed in Karachi the last night.

Local police said the leader was shot down in New Karachi’s Khamiso Goth by unidentified armed men on a motorcycle. The PPP leader died on the spot and later her body was shifted to a nearby medical facility for medical examination.

LeT terrorist arrested

another terrorist affiliated to Al-Badr killed by security forces in J-K

Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir) [India], August 7 : One terrorist of the proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr was killed in Budgam by security forces in a joint operation by security forces while another terrorist of Lashkar-e-Taiba was arrested in another operation in Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday.
“During the search operation, as the presence of terrorists got ascertained, they were given an opportunity to surrender. However, instead of surrendering, they fired indiscriminately upon the joint search party which led to an encounter,” said a press release by the police. “In the ensuing encounter, one terrorist of the proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr was killed and his body was retrieved from the site of the encounter. He has been identified as Shakir Bashir Dar, the son of Bashir Ahmad Dar and a resident of Goripora in Awantipora,” it added.
Acting on specific information generated by the Budgam Police about the presence of terrorists in the Mochwa area of Chadoora in Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, a joint cordon and search operation was launched by Police, 50RR and 181BN CRPF in the said area on Saturday, Jammu and Kashmir police official statement read.
As per the police records, the killed terrorist was part of groups involved in various terror crime cases and several terror crime cases were registered against him. Shakir Bashir was earlier working as a terrorist associate with proscribed terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and joined the terror folds of proscribed terror outfit Al-Badr recently.
Incriminating materials, arms and ammunition including 1 AK-rifle with 02 Magazines, 32 rounds, 1 Chinese pistol with 2 Magazines, 16 rounds, a Bag-pack and a Pouch were recovered from the site of encounter.
“While the said operation was in progress, it was learnt that while laying cordon another terrorist had managed to escape from the encounter site and the information was shared with Awantipora Police. Awantipora Police, while developing the lead further launched a cordon and search operation in the Mantaqi Colony Khrew area along with 50RR and 185BN CRPF,” it added.
During the search, the escaped terrorist was tracked down and arrested while hiding in a truck bearing registration No. JK13-2397. He has been identified as Shabir Ahmad Najar, a resident of Wuyan Khrew, linked with proscribed terror outfit LeT. The driver of the truck identified as Mohd Shafi Dar, a resident of Gratwani Mohalla Khrew, has also been arrested. Besides, the said truck has also been seized,” the police statement read.
Incriminating materials, arms & ammunition including 1 Chinese Pistol, 1 Pistol Magazine, 7 Pistol rounds, 2 AK-Magazines, 50 AK-rounds, 1 Chinese grenade, 5Kgs IED (destroyed on spot) were also recovered from the site.
IGP Kashmir has congratulated the joint teams of Police/SF for showing exemplary coordination in conducting the operation successfully in a professional manner without any collateral damage and tracking down the escaped terrorist. Besides, IGP Kashmir appeals to parents of newly recruited terrorists to bring their children back to the mainstream.
In this connection, Police have registered cases under relevant sections of law and further investigation is in progress.

US military relocated 40 IS terrorists from prisons to base in northeastern Syria

Al-Hasakah [Syria]: US military have transported 40 terrorists of the Islamic State terrorist group from prisons to its base in the northeastern province of Al-Hasakah, Syrian state media reported.
According to the SANA news agency, the terrorists were sent from the prisons of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the US base in the city of Ash Shaddadi. Sources told SANA that the list of the evacuated terrorists included a commander of the IS spying groups and an explosive-making expert. The United States is reportedly going to use the militants for their purposes in the region.
The Syrian authorities have repeatedly stated that the US presence in the country violates the country’s sovereignty and international law, and is aimed at gaining access to the oil fields.

94 Taliban, Al-Qaeda terrorists killed in operations by Afghan forces in Lashkar Gah

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 6 : Over 90 Taliban and Al-Qaeda terrorists were killed; and 16 others suffered injuries in security operations conducted by Afghan forces in the past 24 hours in the city of Lashkar Gah, the Afghan Defence Ministry announced on Friday.
Last week, heavy fighting erupted between Taliban and Afghan forces in the capital of Helmand Province. The ministry said the Taliban’s red unit commander for Helmand named Mawlawi Mubarak was among those killed in the recent operations.
“Taliban’s red unit commander for Helmand named Mawlawi Mubarak among 94 other terrorists including Taliban and AQIS members were killed & 16 others wounded in the past 24 hrs by Afghan Armed Forces in #Lashkargah,” Afghan Defence Ministry spokesperson Fawad Aman tweeted.
In the past few weeks, Afghanistan has witnessed a surge in violence as the Taliban has intensified their offensive against civilians and Afghan security forces with the complete pullback of foreign forces just a few weeks away.
The Taliban forces have also taken control over several districts of Kandahar and have detained hundreds of residents whom they accuse of association with the government. The Taliban have reportedly killed some detainees, including relatives of provincial government officials and members of the police and army.
In another recent development, civilian casualties in Afghanistan in the first half of 2021 reached record levels with over 1,659 people killed and 3,254 others wounded.The rise is mainly due to a spike in violence in May that corresponded with the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan.
Moreover, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said on Wednesday that they will continue their attacks on Afghan officials, after a car bomb attack on the country’s acting defence minister General Bismillah Mohammadi’s house.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) will be meeting on Friday, August 6, under Indian Presidency to discuss the surge in violence by the Taliban in Afghanistan post US drawdown

Al Qaeda terrorists were planning I-Day serial blasts in UP

According to Uttar Pradesh Police, the terrorists were planning to execute serial blasts in Lucknow and other densely-populated cities ahead of Independence Day. The terrorists had a crafted plan to plant bombs in crowded areas, including markets with a heavy footfall in the state.

In a massive breakthrough, the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) arrested two terrorists of the Al Qaeda-supported Ansar Ghazwatul Hind from the outskirts of Lucknow on Sunday. Identified as Minhaz Ahmad and Maseeruddin, the duo was planning to “unleash terror activities” on August 15 in different cities of the state, including Lucknow. The terrorists were planning to execute serial blasts in Lucknow and other densely-populated cities on the occasion of Independence Day. The terrorists had a crafted plan to plant bombs in crowded areas, including markets with a heavy footfall in the state.


“ATS UP has uncovered a big terror module. The team has arrested two terrorists linked with al-Qaeda’s Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind. Cache of arms, explosive materials were recovered,” ADG Law and Order Prashant Kumar told reporters here. 

Kumar revealed that the terror activities were being run from Peshawar, Quetta on Pakistan-Afghanistan border. “To carry out the activities, Minhaz Ahmad and Maseeruddin, were playing a crucial role. Their accomplices in Lucknow, Kanpur were also involved,” he said at the briefing. 

planning explosions at important places

Ahmed and Maseeruddin, on the instructions of Umar Halmandi, the head of the Uttar Pradesh module of the Al-Qaeda, along with their associates were planning to “unleash terror activities on August 15 in different cities of the state, especially its capital Lucknow”, the additional director general of police (ADGP) said.

“They were planning explosions at important places, memorials and crowded places, and also to use human bombs. For this, they were collecting weapons and explosives,” Kumar said.

Sources revealed that the they used messaging chat app Telegram to communicate among themselves.

Kumar said that members of this module are not only from Lucknow, but also from Kanpur in the state. Meanwhile, raids are being conducted at different places to apprehend associates of these terrorists, Ahmed and Maseeruddin, the ADGP said.

The ATS team had received a tip-off about their presence and had been tracking them since the past one week. Finally, the team closed in on their location and arrested the two from a house in Kakori that belongs to one Shahid. 

Two pressure cooker bombs, a detonator, and 6 to 7 kilograms of explosives have been recovered from the house.

A bomb disposal squad was summoned to the site and nearby houses were evacuated.

Five terrorists killed in Kashmir

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Zodar area of Kulgam district following information about the presence of militants in the area.

Five terrorists have been killed by security forces in the last 24 hours in Kashmir. While two each were neutralised in two separate overnight gunfights with security forces in the Pulwama and Kulgam districts of Jammu and Kashmir, one was neutralised in another gunbattle in Kupwara’s Handwara.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Zodar area of Kulgam district following information about the presence of militants in the area, a police official said.

The search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated.

“Four militants were killed in last twelve hours in the separate encounter from South Kashmir,” Inspector General of Police Kashmir Vijay Kumar.

Overall five militants have been killed in the last 24 hours in Valley including the longest surviving Hizbul militant from North Kashmir, IGP added. 

Divulging the details IGP said that two militants were killed in a brief shootout at Kulgam, whereas two more militants were killed in Pulwama Gunfight. 

Meanwhile, the official Twitter handler of the Kashmir Police Zone wrote, ” 5 militants killed in 24 hours in Kashmir. Congratulations to Police & Security Forces for conducting ops without collateral damage: IGP Kashmir,” reads the tweet.”

Two Lashkar-e-Taiba militants have been killed in the operation which was going on till last reports came in.

In another operation at Puchal in Pulwama district, two militants have been killed, the official said, adding that further details were awaited.

Don’t return to era of ‘your terrorists’ and ‘my terrorists’: India cautions UN

India said that the international community should not forget that before the 9/11 terror attacks, the world was divided into “your terrorists” or “my terrorists”.

India has cautioned that 20 years after the 9/11 terror attacks, there are attempts again to divide terrorism into different terminologies such as violent nationalism and right wing extremism, asserting that the world should not return to the era of “your terrorists” and “my terrorists” but fight the scourge collectively.

Participating in the UN General Assembly debate on adoption of resolution on 7th Review of Global Counter Terrorism Strategy (GCTS) on Tuesday, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador TS Tirumurti said that the international community has acknowledged that the threat of terrorism is grave and universal, and can only be defeated by collective efforts of all UN member states, without any exception.

“It is only after 9/11 that we accepted that terrorism in one part of the world can directly impact another part of the world and we all came together to fight terrorism collectively,” he said.

‘Attempts to divide us once again’

The envoy said the international community should not forget that before the 9/11 terror attacks, the world was divided into “your terrorists” or “my terrorists”. Two decades later, “we are now seeing attempts to divide us once again” by adopting new terminologies under the guise of “emerging threats” such as racially and ethnically-motivated violent extremism, violent nationalism, right wing extremism, he said.

“I do hope that member states do not forget history and divide terrorism again into different categories and take us back to the era of ‘your terrorists’ and ‘my terrorists’ and erase the gains we have had over the last two decades,” Tirumurti said.

He noted that the continued absence of a universally agreed definition of terrorism is “detrimental to our shared goal” of eliminating the global scourge.

“The current strategy fails to resolve the stalemate preventing the adoption of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, which India has championed,” Tirumurti said.

According to the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism, the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy is a “unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism. Through its adoption by consensus in 2006, all UN Member States agreed the first time to a common strategic and operational approach to fighting terrorism”.

The UN General Assembly reviews the Strategy every two years, making it a living document attuned to member states’ counter-terrorism priorities. The General Assembly reviews the Strategy and considers the adoption of a resolution on this occasion, the UN agency said.

‘Terrorism in all its forms should be condemned’

Tirumurti said the Global Counter Terrorism Strategy was adopted by consensus 15 years ago and was a major step forward in maintaining and achieving international peace and security.

“It was agreed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations should be condemned, there cannot be any exception or justification for any act of terrorism, regardless of motivations behind such acts, and wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed. It was also recognised that the menace of terrorism cannot be and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilisation or ethnic group,” Tirumurti said.

He said it is essential for all member states to not only not squander the gains of “what we have achieved so far but also ensure that we do not give the slightest opportunity to provide excuses or justification for terrorism, thereby diminishing our collective fight”.

“Justifying terrorism in any way, whether on grounds of religion, ideology, ethnicity or race, will only provide the necessary fodder for terrorists to enhance their activities even more,” he said.

Noting that while the matter of religious “phobias” finds mention in the current document, Tirumurti said India is once again constrained to point out that this listing has been selective and confined only to the three Abrahamic religions.

“This august body has once again failed to acknowledge the rise of hatred and violent terrorist attacks against other religions, inter alia, Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism. Further, we need to make a distinction between countries which are pluralistic and those which resort to  sectarian violence and trample over minority rights. United Nations is not a body or the forum where member states should take sides on religious-phobias, but should instead truly foster a culture based on universal principles of humanity and compassion so that terrorists’ narratives are fought collectively,” he said.

The envoy also asserted that success of this strategy will depend only if member states “walk the talk” by sincerely implementing the provisions and fulfilling their obligations as envisaged in the strategy.

As a victim of cross-border terrorism for several decades, India has been at the forefront of the fight against terrorism and one of the major victims of terrorism. However, it’s time to call out those that blatantly violate global commitments by harbouring terrorists and terrorist entities by willfully giving moral, material, financial and ideological support to these groups, he said.

Tirumurti said the misuse of internet and social media for terrorist propaganda, radicalisation and recruitment of cadre; misuse of new payment methods such as block-chain currencies, payment wallets, crowdfunding platforms for terrorism financing; and misuse of emerging technologies such as drones, 3D printing, Artificial Intelligence, robotics have emerged as the most serious threats of terrorism, which warrants collaborative actions from all member states.

“The international community needs to adopt a policy of zero-tolerance towards terrorism. Our collective condemnation of terrorism must be loud, clear and without any ambiguity,” he said.

5 Lashkar terrorists killed, Army jawan martyred in encounter in J-K’s Pulwama

Five Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists, including a district commander, and an Army jawan were killed in an encounter between the ultras and the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Friday, police said.

The security forces had launched a cordon-and-search operation at Hanjin village in the Rajpora area of Pulwama following information about the presence of the terrorists there, a police official said.

He said the operation turned into an encounter when the ultras opened fire on the security personnel who retaliated.

A soldier was injured in the initial exchange of fire with the terrorists, the official said, adding that the jawan died at a hospital.

He said reinforcements were rushed to the area, and in the subsequent gunfight, five terrorists were killed.

The slain ultras were affiliated with the LeT, and one of them, Nishaz Lone alias Khitab, was the district commander of the outfit, Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said.

He said one of the slain terrorists was a Pakistani but is yet to be identified. Kumar said the operation was a “big success” for the forces.

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