Terrorism

Police arrest two Kashmiri men who crossed over to Pakistan for arms training

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Two people who traveled to Pakistan on a visa for arms training at a Lashkar-e-Taiba camp in Islamabad have been arrested, Kashmir police said on Saturday.

The duo were identified as Abdul Majeed Bhat and Muhammad Ashraf Mir of Baramulla. They were booked under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act.

“On questioning, the two revealed they were imparted training in Pakistan along with a large number of Pakistani boys, most of them from Baluchistan, some as young as 10 years old,'' a police spokesperson said. ''The terrorist camps are located near Burma Town, Islamabad and run by terrorist commander code-named Hanzala Adnan and Omar. Other terrorists imparting training to young boys are operating under the code names Osama, Naveed, and Hataf."

The spokesperson said Bhat and Mir got the passport for traveling to Pakistan. They were arrested after returning to India at Wagah-Attari in Punjab.

There have been many incidents of youngsters traveling to Pakistan for arms training and on their return, they would join militant outfits.

In August last year, Suhaib Farooq Akhoon of Lashkar had gone to Pakistan for arms training and on return join militants.

A high ranking police officer told The Week that the landmine blast that killed four policemen in Sopore on January 6 could also be the handiwork of militants who have gone to Pakistan on a visa.

''There are strong indications that some of these boys were training in the making of IEDs in Pakistan,'' he said.

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