Pakistan-based terror outfits planning to target forces, government installations in Kashmir

Official sources said that there are plans of JeM, LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen to target security personnel in general areas of Srinagar district.

Published: 30th October 2019 10:41 AM  |   Last Updated: 30th October 2019 10:41 AM   |  A+A-

Troopers stand guard outside a chemist in Srinagar. Security has been enhanced a day after two men were killed in Kashmir

Troopers stand guard outside a chemist in Srinagar. Security has been enhanced a day after two men were killed in Kashmir (Photo| PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Pakistan-based terror groups may target security forces and government installations in J&K in the coming days to create a prolonged hostage-like situation to draw international attention, according to intelligence inputs.

Quoting the inputs, officials said the information has also indicated about plans of terrorists belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Hizbul Mujahideen to target security personnel in the general areas of Zonakar, Rainawari, Safakadal and Dharamshal in Srinagar district.

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According to the intelligence inputs, terrorists are likely to target installations of the security forces and government offices in Srinagar with an aim to create a prolonged hostage-like situation to draw international attention, the officials said.

Likelihood of grenade attacks on security forces in a district headquarters town to create fear psychosis and threaten civilian authorities outside the mini secretariat in another district have also been reported. Terrorist outfits have been using posters in various parts of the Kashmir Valley to disseminate threat messages to scare shopkeepers against defying call for a shutdown.

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