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Is he Naved, Kasim, or Usman? 'It's fun doing this,' says the suspected terrorist

News Agencies | Updated on: 13 February 2017, 3:33 IST

Suspected Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Mohammed Naved, resident of Ghulam Muhammad Abad area in Faisalabad town of Pakistan, along with another terrorist Noman alias Momin, fired at a BSF convoy on the highway at Simroli around 8am on 5 August at the crucial Jammu-Srinagar highway.

BSF jawans retaliated, killing Noman ,while Naved managed to escape towards a village in the nearby hills where he took three villagers hostage.

The villagers managed to capture him and called the police who took him into custody, giving the Indian security establishment a prize catch which points to Pakistani involvement in the attack. The attack came a week after the terror strike in Gurdaspur by three Pakistanis in which the terrorists and seven Indians were killed.

During sustained interrogation, Naved changed his name several times. First he said he was Kasim Khan but then changed it to Usman before stating that he was actually Mohammed Naved, whose family includes two brothers and a sister.

Naved disclosed that he along with four other terrorists had entered Kupwara district in the Kashmir Valley a month ago on a similar terror mission but had crossed back into Pakistani-occupied-Kashmir because they could not make headway.

The captured terrorist presented a strange picture before television cameras smiling a few times and answering questions calmly telling reporters, "it's fun doing this". Had he been killed it would have been "the Allah's doing", he said.

Giving details of the incident, Inspector General of Police (Jammu) Danish Rana said the militants hurled grenades and opened indiscriminate fire on the convoy when it reached Nassu belt on its way from Jammu to Srinagar.

As many as 11 BSF personnel were injured in the attack and they were shifted to hospitals in Jammu and the army hospital in nearby Udhampur, which is the headquarters of Northern Command.


First published: 5 August 2015, 9:32 IST