LeT, Hizbul planning to strike Hindu holy pilgrimage Amarnath Yatra, intel reports suggest
Intelligence and security agencies have issued a fresh warning about a possible terror attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
Intelligence and security agencies have issued a fresh warning about a possible terror attack on the ongoing Amarnath Yatra. Latest inputs suggest that terror outfits Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizb-ul-Mujahideen are planning an attack targeting the pilgrims.
An intel report said that on July 16 and 17, several senior terrorist commanders were doing a recce in the nearby areas along the Yatra route.
According to sources, Lashkar commander Abu Hurraira was seen stopping by Gulab Bagh and Zakoora areas of Srinagar to keep an eye for their plans.
Another Lashkar commander Saleem Parray was spotted in plantation areas of Khusarpora and Hajin which fall on the Yatra route, while LeT militant Mir Zargam was also seen in Hajin's Vijpara area, said sources.
And while Muzaffar Bhat group belonging to Hizb-ul-Mujahideen was seen in Cheddar and Matalhama villages of Kulgam, another Hizbul group Abass Sheikh was observed in Ganjipora and Gassipora villages of the district.
Furthermore, Lateef Dar of Hizbul's Reyaz Naikoo group was also seen roaming around in Padgampora area of Awantipora.
Sources have alleged that the intention of all of these terrorists is to strike the Amarnath Yatra. Therefore, security has been tightened after the alert.
On Saturday morning, a batch of 663 pilgrims left Jammu for the Kashmir Valley to perform the ongoing Amarnath Yatra.
The annual pilgrimage has been going on for the last 31 days and till Friday, 2,51,996 pilgrims have performed the yatra at the Himalayan Cave Shrine that houses an ice stalagmite structure believed to symbolise the mythical powers of Lord Shiva.
The 60-day Amarnath Yatra will end on August 26, coinciding with the Raksha Bandhan festival.