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3 Arrested For Helping Lashkar Terrorists Carry Out Amarnath Terror Attack, Says Police

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| August 6 , 2017 , 17:24 IST

Almost a month after the tragedy of Amarnath Yatra, in which 8 pilgrims had died after militants opened fire on their bus in Kashmir, a Special Investigation Team has arrested accused claiming to have solved the case.

Addressing a press conference in Srinagar, the Inspector General of Police, Jammu and Kashmir, Munir Khan said that the men provided logistical help to four Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants who carried out the attack that left eight people dead.

These men had allegedly helped the four terrorists who attacked the pilgrims' bus by providing them with vehicles and shelter. The police said that they have been arrested and taken into remand for further questioning.

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

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Khan said, "Ismail, a Pakistani terrorist of Lashkar-e-Toiba along with two other associates and a local Kashmiri terrorist carried out the attack."

The police has also identified another militant of the group as Yawar, a local recruiter for the LeT, the police further added. While efforts to identify the other two is underway, the police has already released pictures of Abu Ismail and Yawar.

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 said.

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

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The Special Investigation Team was constituted by the Jammu and Kashmir police to fast track the probe into the sensational terror attack that took place on July 10. The SIT is led by Deputy Inspector General (South Kashmir) Swayam Prakash Pani.

A group of terrorists, on July 10, had targeted a bus filled with pilgrims destined for Amarnath Yatra. The militants attacked the bus in Anantnag District of Jammu and Kashmir opening fire and killing 8 pilgrims.