7th May 1997
JAMMU: All the four foreign tourists in captivity of Al-Faran were 'killed' by their abductors in December 1995, Masaaf, one of the two Harkat-ul-Ansar militants arrested from Srinagar downtown on Monday afternoon disclosed this.
This is for the second time in a year's time that such a disclosure has come to light. It was Nazeer Ahmed, one of Harkat militants arrested from Soura, on the outskirts of Srinagar in 1996, who had first made this revelation. This led to digging in forests of South Kashmir. But the digging and massive searches had not proved claim of the arrested militant.
Nasaaf, whose real name in Abdul Mateen, who hails from Sindh' province of Pakistan, was arrested along with a local militant after Harkat chief Peer Baba alias Ghazi was killed. The BSF officials who had conducted the operation said that the slain militant had links wih Al-Faran.
The two associates of Harkat chief arrested after the shootout were interrogated on these lines, sources said. The sources said they were time and again being reverted to the question of hostage.
According to Masaaf the kidnappers, had lost control of things after their chief Hamid Turki was killed in Babran village near Anantnag in south Kashir. It was within days that they decided to kill the hostages. Masaaf has also disclosed that there were other militants Salim. Jalal-ud-Din and Ibrahim active in the Kashmir Valley, who have knowledge of this.