February 2004 News

Militants Planned Airport Attack In India

21 February 2004
Associated Press

Jammu: Police have arrested three militants who admitted to plotting a suicide attack at the international airport in India's capital, an official said Saturday. The men, based in neighboring Pakistan, were arrested several days ago in the Indian-portion of the Himalayan region of Kashmir, said Gopal Sharma, police chief of Jammu-Kashmir state. Advertisement During their interrogation, the men said they planned a suicide attack later this month at Indira Gahdhi International Airport in New Delhi, Sharma said. The three have been identified as Assan Ulah, Mohammed Bashir and Rashid, who goes by only one name, Sharma said. All three are from Pakistan, he added. Lashkar-e Tayyaba, a Pakistan-based guerrilla group, was behind the plan, he said. Lashkar is among more than a dozen guerrilla groups that have been fighting security forces in India's portion of Kashmir, for the region's independence, or its merger with mostly Muslim Pakistan. The 14-year conflict has killed more than 65,000 people in the disputed Himalayan region, split between India and Pakistan.


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