Srinagar: Pakistan-based Jamiatul
Mujahideen on Monday claimed responsibility for the attack on
Jammu and Kashmir Minister Ali Mohammad Sagar saying it was in
retaliation to NC president Farooq Abdullah`s advocacy for
reopening liquor shops in the Valley.
The "Al Jabbar" squad of the outfit carried out the
attack on Sagar last night with the aim of killing the
Minister, Jamil Ahmad, spokesman of Jamiat, said in a faxed
"The attack was carried out as a reaction to the
shameful statement of Farooq Abdullah for reopening of cinema
halls and liquor shops," he said.
He warned of attacks in future on the National
Conference and other "pro-India" parties in Kashmir.
One policeman was killed and three others, including a
civilian, were injured when militants made an abortive bid on
the life of Rural Development Minister in Nawab Bazaar area in
the old city where he had gone to attend a family function.
Security has been beefed up in Srinagar city as police
stepped up random checking of vehicles following the attack.