Hafiz Saeed visited LoC before Aug 6 attack: Intelligence report

NEW DELHI (TIP): Jamaat-ud-Daawa (JuD) chief Hafiz Saeed, the mastermind behind the 26/11 terror attacks in Mumbai in 2008 is believed to have visited the Line of Control (LoC) in Pakistan occupied Kashmir a couple of days before the ghastly attack on five Indian soldiers in the Poonch sector, according to a report by India Today. The report says the JuD (formerly known as Lashkar-e-Taiba) chief met the soldiers of the Border Acton Team (BAT) and several Lashkar commanders in Pakistan in Gurund Post opposite Poonch on August 3.

According to the military intelligence sources, the BAT is believed to be behind the ambush, resulting in the killing of five Indian soldiers. A day before the August 6 attack, the Pakistani soldiers carried out a reconnaissance mission with the help of Pakistani army troops who provided a cover fire. Intelligence sources claim that the involvement of the JuD terrorists and the Pakistani army was a similarity between the August 6 and January 8 attack by Pak troops in the Poonch sector.

However, a striking similarity in both the skirmishes was Hafiz Saeed’s visit to the LoC to mobilise the Pakistani terrorists and troops. Five Indian soldiers were killed in the Poonch sector in J & K in an ambush on August 6, believed to be carried out by the Pakistani troops.

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