December 2000 News

Lashkar-e-Taiba vows more attacks

23 December 2000
The News International

Islamabad: Claiming the responsibility of attack on New Delhi''s Red Fort, Lashkar-e-Taiba on Saturday vowed to strike again till India pulls its troops out of held Kashmir. The group''s spokesman, Abu Osama, said: ''This is our first operation against an Indian military installation inside India.'' ''If the Indian army does not stop its atrocities in Kashmir and pull out from there, we will continue to strike Indian army''s headquarters, camps and other military installations,'' a separate Lashkar-e-Taiba statement said. Osama said the group''s target was non-civilians, and the actual number of casualties was higher than the Indian government had admitted. He said that the guerrillas who staged the attack were safe at an undisclosed location. Indian authorities said that they had sounded their highest security alert after the stunning and unprecedented raid and were still searching for a militant believed to be holed up somewhere in the fort. ''By attacking the Red Fort, we want to stress that India should stop the dramas of cease-fire and talks. Rather, it should pull its forces out of Kashmir so that the Kashmiris can get their fundamental rights,'' the statement said. Lashkar-e-Taiba had said in the past that it might broaden the area of its armed operations against the Indian troops beyond the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, into India. But its first such attack came two days after Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee extended a suspension of hostilities against guerrillas in Kashmir for four more weeks.

 

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