70 Kashmiri Mujahideen Die In Earthquake
11 October 2005
The News International
Karachi: About 70 fighters from an outlawed Kashmiri militant group died in Saturday's earthquake, a party leader said on Tuesday. The guerrillas from Jamaat-ud-Dawa, formerly Lashkar-e-Taiba, died in Muzaffarabad, Maulana Abdul Aziz Alvi, told AFP. 'This casualty figure may cross 100 and even more as we have no information about those killed in other nearby areas of Muzaffarabad,' he said. Group members who survived the earthquake were attending funerals every two to three hours, he said, while Jamaat's schools and mosques had been razed to the ground. More than a dozen members died when the roof of the party office collapsed during a meeting, he said. A Jamaat spokesman in Lahore said party chief Hafiz Saeed was not in the region at the time of the quake and was still alive. 'Saeed is safe and well,' spokesman Yahya Mujahid said. 'It's time to do Jihad of a different nature, by helping people in this hour of need and Jamaat teams are working day and night,' he said.