Lashkar revives design to target policemen

Targeting policemen appears to be a new modus operandi of Lashkar-e-Toiba as has been found during the probe into the killing of a constable.

Srinagar: Targeting policemen appears to be a
new modus operandi of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terror
outfit as has been found during the investigation into the
killing of a constable on Friday.

Constable Sajad Ahmad Parray of 19th India Reserve
Battalion was shot dead from close range at Tailbal Bus stand
after Friday prayers.

An investigation into the case led the sleuths to a
person who was being passed diktats by Furkan, Lashkar`s key
operative from across the border, official sources said today.

Muzzafar Mir, a resident of Wangat in Kangan, was arrested
late last night after a watch by central security agencies and
policemen on his activities. Mir, a 10th class drop out, had
been interacting with Furkan and taking orders from him, they
said.

According to his interrogation report, Lashkar has revived
its operation "Target Policemen" and the killing of Parray was
as per this plan, the sources said.

The terror outfit had started targeting policeman in 2008
with sniper attacks but had shelved the operation after a
module was busted.

According to the investigation in the present case, the
sources said the pistol with which the constable was shot at
had been recovered.

During interrogation, the sources claimed Mir told them
about the design of Lashkar to target policeman.

According to the sources, Mir said that Lashkar wanted to
target policemen in civilian areas after ensuring that there
was no backup for the cops, which would also allow the
attackers to make an easy escape.

PTI

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