LeT accepts involvement in killing of two teenage girls

Last Updated: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 22:00

Srinagar: Lashkar-e-Toiba, which initially
denied its involvement in the killing of two teenage sisters
in Sopore town of Baramulla district last week, has claimed
the responsibility now.

Posters appeared in the Sopore town, 52 kms from here,
claiming that Lashkar militants killed Arifa and Akhtar,
alleging the duo of working as "informers" for the security
forces.

"Laskhar-e-Toiba killed the girls because not only
was their behaviour improper but they were also involved in a
heinous crime of being informers," the posters read.

However, the veracity of the posters could not be
ascertained.

The message was written on the letter head of
"Mujahideen Lashkar-e-Toiba Jammu Kashmir".

Arifa and Akhtar, daughters of Ghulam Nabi Dar, were
shot dead at around 9.00 PM last week on Monday at Muslim Peer
locality in Sopore town.

Locals said more than ten "unidentified gunmen" had
arrived that night and cordoned off the locality, however,
police said only three militants including two locals were
involved.

The posters, which were written in Urdu language,
claimed that the girls were given a prior warning "to mend
their ways, which they didn`t".

Police said two local militants Wasim Ganaie and
Muzaffar Naikoo and a Pakistani militant had shot dead the
two girls.

The killing drew widespread condemnation and even the
spokesman of the Lashkar, Abdullah Ghaznavi, denounced the
action and sought to put the blame on security forces.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 22:00

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