NEW DELHI—Eleven civilians have lost their lives in a fresh wave of targeted killings in the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir since Oct. 5, causing the Indian administration and military to go on high alert in a region that shares a border with Pakistan.
The targeted killings of seven unsuspecting individuals from the Hindu minority community and four of the majority Muslim community include people from within Kashmir and also five migrant workers from other parts of India. They were carried out by young men, including first-time shooters in mostly a hit-and-run style.
Experts said the fresh wave of killings is suspected to be the work of a new local militant group called The Resistance Front (TRF), which is backed by Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). It is said to be unique in several ways and is aimed at creating a narrative war supporting further unrest, violence, and alienation and at leading to Muslim exclusivity for the region.
New Delhi, Oct 23: The Islamic State has been looking to make Afghanistan its stronghold. It even launched the Islamic State Khorasan Province and has so far shown that it can be very lethal.
While it has carried out a series of attacks in the past years, since the Taliban took over it carried out three strikes which are deadly in nature. This month alone saw two high profile attacks against the Shiite Muslims who had gathered for Friday prayers in the cities of Kunduz and Kandahar. Prior to this the ISKP had carried out a lethal suicide attack at the Kabul airport just days after the US withdrew in August.
New Delhi, Oct 22: Pakistan has failed to demonstrate that it has taken action against the UN-designated terrorists as a result of which it will continue to remain in the Grey List of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).
The FATF noted that Pakistan needs to further demonstrate that action is being taken against the likes of Lashkar-e-Tayiba chief, Hafiz Saeed and Jaish-e-Mohammad boss, Masood Azhar.
New Delhi, Oct 21: Sending out a strong message against civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, the security agencies have gunned down four terrorists in two separate encounters.
These terrorists were responsible for the killing of migrant workers, the police said. In the gun battle at Shopian two terrorists and a Sepoy Karanveer Singh were killed. In another encounter at Kulgam, two terrorists were killed.
New Delhi, Oct 20: While the encounter between the terrorists and Indian Army continues in the forests of the Rajouri-Poonch sector, the forces are now going in for the final kill.
The Indian Army has inflicted a lot of damage on the terrorists and sources say that the encounter is likely to end soon with all terrorists being killed. While it was said that the Army gunned down 6 of the 9-10 Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists, the same is yet to be officially confirmed.
New Delhi, Oct 19: The recent spate of killings of non local, non Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir has created an atmosphere of fear. While security agencies continue to crack down on these terrorists, the National Investigation Agency is all set to take up the probe.
The analysis done by the Intelligence agencies suggests that the number of killings have gone up due to the increase in the number of pistols that have been delivered through drones. It has been found that scores of Chinese Star pistols were delivered to the over ground workers of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba. This has in fact been a weapon of choice in the recent spate of killings.
New Delhi, Oct 19: The Indian Army hit back by gunning down 6 Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorists in an ongoing encounter in the jungles of Rajouri. In all 10 terrorists had infiltrated into the jungles and a gun battle has been on since last week.
The Indian Army lost nine of its men in the ongoing operation. Sources tell OneIndia around 9 to 10 terrorists infiltrated from Pakistan into the jungles of Poonch-Rajouri. They were heavily armed and trained extensively by the Pakistan Army.
New Delhi, Oct 19: With the targeted killing of civilians proving to be part of a larger conspiracy, the National Investigation Agency will take over the probe of the same.
Following a discussion with the officials of the National Investigation Agency, the Director General of the Jammu and Kashmir will write to the Union Home Ministry. Following a nod by the MHA, the NIA will formally take over the probe.