Encounter underway in J&K's Sopore
Encounter underway in J&K's Sopore

The J&K Police and Army have reportedly nabbed a teen Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) fidayeen in a joint operation conducted in the Baramulla district of North Kashmir, who allegedly carried out an attack three months ago with three other militants at the Tangdhar army camp in the frontier district of Kupwara near the Line of Control (LoC).

The arrested militant , 17-year-old Mohammad Sadiq Gujjar, the son of Walid Mohammad Gujar, is a resident of the Daska tehsil of Sialkot in Pakistan. Gujjar, along with three associates — Hussain, Malik and Rizwan — allegedly carried out the attack Nov. 25 last year, ANI reports.

The teen fidayeen has reportedly told his interrogators the four-member JeM militant group set out from Athmuqam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and was tasked to carry out attacks on any army camp near the LoC.

He said he was ordered by his fellow militants to leave after he set fire to the oil depot inside the Army camp.

Gujjar said his group used Global Positioning System (GPS) to locate the Army camp after they started on foot Nov. 24 near LoC on the PoK side.

Meanwhile, Indian Army Chief General Dalbir Singh said Thursday terrorist groups like the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and the JeM are getting support from Pakistan.

Addressing a Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS) international seminar in the national capital, he said the spreading influence of the Islamic State group in particular through social and other forms of media has thrown up challenges of global and regional security.

"In the context of India, terrorist groups like LeT and JeM get candid support from across our western borders, which enables them to spread violence in the country," he said.

He also said the technology and ideology have united these groups, which has enabled them to strike targets that have no limits of area of operations, as long as it gives publicity to their ideology.