Sopore attack: Militants using women as couriers

Investigations into the attacks on police station has revealed that the militants might have established a network of women to act as conduits.

Srinagar: Investigations into the twin
attacks on Sopore police station in Baramulla district has
revealed that the militants might have established a wide
network of women to act as couriers and conduits for them,
officials said here on Wednesday.

Police has arrested a 22-year-old woman, Quratul Ain,
on July 12 while probing the rifle grenade attack followed by
an IED explosion at Sopore police station, 55 kms from here,
six days earlier.

One policeman was killed in the attack by the
militants, who, according to police, were later killed in an
encounter with security forces in Lolab area of Kupwara
district on July 15.

Police claims that the investigations so far have
revealed that Ain was acting as a conduit for Lashkar-e-Toiba
(LeT) militants operating in north Kashmir and summer capital
of Srinagar.

The 22-year-old woman, who was scheduled to get
married within a week, was not alone as more names of girls
have come up during the probe.

"Seven other girls have been called for questioning by
police at Sopore following reports of their involvement in
militancy and unlawful activities," they said.

They said investigations have revealed that some of
these girls were in contact with a top ranking militant
commander of Lashkar in north Kashmir.

Meanwhile, a police spokesman denied a report
published in a local Urdu daily which had claimed that Sopore
police had summoned 300 girls.

The spokesman said, "The report is based on concocted,
fabricated and baseless allegations."

He confirmed that only seven girls were summoned to
the police station.

"These girls were only called during the day time and
have always been accompanied by their relatives, particularly
by a male member," he added.


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