The nation's intelligence agencies have isued an alert to the security apparatus in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) regarding the plans of Pakistan-based terrorist outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) to carry out simultaneous suicide bombing missions on 11 May, Hindustan Times.
As per the intel, JeM is likely to carry out suicide missions and target the bases of the Indian Army and the paramilitary forces in J&K.
The plans to carryout the streak of suicide missions come in the backdrop of the humongous success achieved by the security forces in the bygone month of April in which they had laudably gunned down 28 terrorists.
With founder of JeM, Maulana Masood Azhar, reported to be terminally ill, his younger brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar is believed to be leading the charge of JeM presently. According to intelligence reports, he is believed to have held a scheduled meeting with the officials from Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan at Rawalpindi yesterday (2 May).
As per a security official from Kashmir, Asghar is likely to have chosen the date of 11 May for carrying out the terror strikes in UT of J&K given it coincides with the 17th day of Ramadan when the Battle of Badr was fought and won by a few hundred soldiers in Saudi Arabia. In Islamic history, the Battle of Badr is seen as a major victory and a turning point in the early days of Islam.
The intelligence officials state that the planned attack on 11 May was expected given the spike in infiltration attempt by the terrorists in the last month. It is estimated that nearly 25-30 Jaish terrorists had managed to sneak into Kashmir valley and more than 70 are likely to attempt infiltration in the coming week.
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