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LeT Recruited 450 Boys In 2017 From Pakistan For Anti-India Operations: Captured Militant

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| May 23 , 2018 , 09:06 IST

During interrogations by the National Investigation Agency (NIA), 20-year-old Pakistani Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist Zaibullah alias Hamza revealed that in the year of 2017, the Hafiz Saeed-led LeT militant group recruited 450 boys from various parts of Pakistan for anti-India operations.

Zaibullah, the son of an income tax officer in Pakistan's Multan, further detailed that the boys selected for LeT were between the ages of 15 and 25 years and were sent for rigorous arms training to other camps. The boys are being recruited and radicalised by LeT in the name of famed Hizbul Mujahideen commander 'Burhan Wani', Zaibullah was quoted by media as saying on Wednesday.

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Describing his own training process by the LeT in January 2017 at Dakhan, Zaibullah said that LeT’s operational commander and 26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi had personally stayed with the trainees for 2 months, motivating them for 'jihad'. Zaibullah said that during his training, even LeT chief Saeed himself visited the recruits at a camp in Muzaffarabad.

The captured militant also revealed that the LeT's student wing Al Muhammadia Students (AMS) has developed a mobile handset meant exclusively for communication by LeT members with each other. When a specific chip is put into the handset, it automatically connects to the nearest mobile tower, regardless of telecom service provider and calls made from the phone cannot be traced by intelligence agencies. If intelligence agencies attempt to intercept communications from the device, the call will terminate automatically.

Zabiullah infiltrated into India on March 2/3 this year with 5 others who were all killed by the Indian Army during an encounter on March 20. Although a bullet hit Zabiullah's hand in the encounter, he managed to escape and was caught from a house in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara on April 7.