After Pathankot, Maulana Masood Azhar owns up Nagrota attack, calls it revenge for Afzal Guru's hanging

​Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, chargesheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Pathankot terror attack, has also claimed responsibility for the Nagrota attack.
Maulana Masood Azhar Source: PTI
India TV News Desk New Delhi December 20, 2016 13:32 IST

Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Maulana Masood Azhar, chargesheeted by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the Pathankot terror attack, has also claimed responsibility for the Nagrota attack.

On November 29, three militants entered the Army camp in Nagrota killing 7 Indian security forces. They left behind a message saying it was revenge for the hanging of Afzal Guru.

The JeM chief continues to freely run the terror group's online publication despite the Pakistani government’s claims of Masood Azhar being kept under 'protective custody' since January 2014.

According to a report in DNA, Masood Azhar owned up responsibility for Nagrota attack in the latest edition of his terror group’s weekly publication.

"This week's publication was delayed as the attack in Nagrota was still in action at the time of writing and communication failure (on details of the attack) from Kashmir,'' Azhar wrote under his pen name Saadi.

Giving details of the Nagrota attack, Azhar revealed that the attack was carried by the Afzal Guru squad involving five militants and two of them managed to escape to safety.

"There were three security cordons around the camp... it is not easy and inexpensive to gain entry and set the stage for the attack," he said.

According to the report, Azhar further indicated that the squad was helped by people with close knowledge on the geography of the camp and  its frequent visitors, as any strange man walking a few steps could be caught and killed by the Army.

Azhar further claimed that the demonetization of high currency denomination has neither deterred the Kashmiri mujaheeds nor has it impacted the funding for militancy.

"The Kashmiri Mujahideen, Maoists and Khalistan fighters will not suffer any financial hardship. We are able to get the small currency by exchanging dollars, pounds and euro easily. The Nagrota attack is an evidence for this," he said.

The JeM chief said that the demolition of Babri Masjid and Afzal Guru's hanging shaped the narrative of `Ghazwa-e-Hind' or the jihad against India.

"India could've stopped the demolition of Babri Masjid, but it did not. It could have stopped the hanging of Guru, but it did not. There is now no power in India that can stop their revenge,” he said.

The NIA on Monday chargesheeted JeM chief Maulana Masood azhar and his brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Asghar, JeM's deputy chief, along with six other members of the terrorist group for planning and carrying an attack in Pathankot on January 2. 

 
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