Srinagar: After Musaib, the nephew of Lashkar-e-Toiba’s chief, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, his younger brother Umair alias Osama has replaced him in north Kashmir, The Indian Express reported on Thursday.
As per report this is the third member of the Lakhvi’s family who has joined Lashkar’s ranks and come to fight in Kashmir.
Lakhvi’s 20-year-old son Mohammad Qasim was killed in a fierce gunbattle with the Army and J-K police.
According to the report around 10 Lashkar militants and commanders who had “ex-filtrated” after spending years in Kashmir are also back and the area in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the Harwan-Dhara belt, where Lashkar’s senior people used to be stationed, has been “activated again”.
Umair is part of a group of six Pakistani Lashkar militants who are operating in the Hajin area.
“This group is led by Mehmood and they are also accompanied by two local militants,’’ the Indian express reported quoting source.
Inspector General of J&K Police, Kashmir zone, Muneer Khan confirmed the Indian Express that Musaib’s younger brother Umair is active in Hajin but denied that he has shifted his base to South Kashmir. “He is very much present in Hajin belt. They (Lashkar) have been trying to bring a consignment of weapons to South (from north Kashmir) but haven’t been able to do so,’’ he said.
Lakhvi’s nephew Musaib was Lashkar’s divisional commander when he was killed in an encounter in Hajin earlier this year.