Lashkar-e-Taiba claims Indian Kashmir hotel attack: Report

Heavily-armed gunmen had stormed the Silver Star hotel after an abortive attempt to attack an army convoy.

Afp October 20, 2012

SRINAGAR: Militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) has claimed responsibility for an attack outside a popular hotel in Indian Kashmir that killed a bellboy, media reports said Saturday.

The banned outfit said four of its attackers "lobbed grenades and opened fire" at an Indian army convoy as it passed through the highway where the Silver Star hotel is located, the Urdu language Kashmir Uzma newspaper said.

"Four of our fidayeen (suicide attackers) attacked the army convoy in which one of the army vehicles was badly damaged," the daily quoted LeT spokesman Abdullah Gaznavi as saying over the telephone.

The attackers "reached their hideouts safely," Gaznavi added.

Heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Silver Star hotel on Friday after an abortive attempt to attack the army convoy, killing a bellboy and injuring two others, the Indian police said.

Gaznavi, however, blamed "retaliatory firing" by the Indian armed forces for the death of the hotel staff member.

The attack, the first in Srinagar since May, occurred on a day when several senior officials from the army, police, intelligence agencies and government met to review the security situation in the state.

In the May attack, two motorcyclists fired on a group of army officers, injuring seven.

The LeT has been blamed by India for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. It has denied any role in the attacks.


Enlightened | 8 years ago | Reply

@wonderer: Thanks for posting you tube clipping which gives an insight of so called Azad Kashmir(AK) and unbiased comments from a Kashmiri resident living there who refuses to identify himself as Pakistani and draws parallel of Kashmir with Balochistan since the latter refused accession with Pakistan and advocates that plebisite should necessarily be held in this province. Musharraf during his ten years rule sent a high profile delegation to AK to access Kashmiris loyalty to Pakistan who reported back that majority do not want to join Pakistan which made him suggest a compromise formula to India to grant greater autonomy to both parts of the state with open borders but the rest is history however he was very very close in finding a solution to this six decades old problem but both countries missed this golden opportunity.

wonderer | 8 years ago | Reply

One gets a distinct impression created by the comments on this blog that our Pakistani friends would like to see Kashmir being handed over to Pakistan. Let us for the sake of argument agree that India should do that immediately. Two important questions arise as a natural consequence.

1) What will be the legal position of Kashmir, and also Kashmiris who are not Muslim?

To learn the present position of Azad Kashmir go to this link:

2) What will Pakistan do with Kashmir? OR How will Kashmir be changed by Pakistan?

If you consider these questions objectively and honestly, keeping aside the distorted history of J&K problem propagated by Pakistan, I am sure anyone will realize that it is in the interest of all concerned that the present position is changed only to let the so-called Azad Kashmir join its parent. It is not a question of territory; it is of people and culture (Kashmiriat).

It is also in the interest of Pakistan to get over this obsession.

Zarra Sochiye!

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