Qasim strengthened LeT network a week before death

Srinagar, October 31: The security forces deputed in Jammu and Kashmir to fight terrorism have made its most prized catch by killing the most wanted militant Abu Qasim who was the top most Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander. Last week itself he had shifted a group of nine highly trained militants from Bandipora forests of North Kashmir to South Kashmir to strengthen the network of LeT terrorists.

The shifted men belong to the age group of 17 to 20 years but are highly trained. They were taken by Abu Qasim himself to South Kashmir where they have formed several small modules.

Though security forces have launched operations to nab these new LeT recruits in South Kashmir but but they are believed to have formed small modules with two foreigners in each group. Also, it is believed that LeT have established a new network since previous one was busted after vital clues given to security agencies by Naved.

Reports from Security agencies say that there were only three foreign militants of LeT left in South Kashmir after Qasim’s killing. These include Abu Dujana, Abu Ukasha and Chaha. Two out of three foreign militants had infiltrated earlier this year along with Mohammad Usman alias Naved. With the coming of nine more militants, there are now 12 LeT foreign militants in valley who are on security forces’ radar.

Sources say that the Qasim had gone to Bandipora himself on October 7 to  facilitate the movement of the LeT group to South Kashmir. On his way at Gund Dachin area, he was intercepted by police but Qasim managed to escape by killing Sub-Inspector Altaf Ahmad.

After two weeks of this encounter, Qasim again went to Bandipora and shifted these 9 militants to South Kashmir. These nine militants were in Bandipora forests for the past two months along with 8 other LeT men. These militants are believed to have infiltrated earlier this year and were hiding  in the forests of Kupwara. But then, due to back to back operations launched by security forces that led to killing of 54 militants in North Kashmir, Qasim decided to shift these militants to Bandipora.