Two local LeT militants carried out Shopian attack: Police

SRINAGAR — Two local militants of the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba are believed to be behind the attack on three non-local labourers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district on Thursday.

The officials on Friday said that based on human and technical intelligence, the police believe two local Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants carried out the attack.

“Two local boys affiliated with the proscribed LeT outfit are believed to be responsible for the attack,” they said.

“Raids are being carried out in adjoining villages and various parts of the district,” the officials added.

Many militant associates have been picked up and their sustained questioning is underway, the officials said, adding that the police have got vital clues in the case.

Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Kashmir, Vijay Kumar reviewed the overall security in the district, especially in areas where non-locals and members of the minority community reside, the officials said.

Security has been beefed up in such areas, they said.

Kumar also directed police personnel to apprehend those responsible for the attack as soon as possible.

“Kumar directed the police to catch those responsible for the attack as soon as possible and bring them to justice,” the officials said.

On Thursday, militants shot at and injured three non-local labourers identified as Anmol Kumar, Pintu Kumar Thakur and Heralal Yadav — all residents of Bihar’s Supaul district at Gagran village in South Kashmir’s Shopian district. — (PTI)