Srinagar: Lashkar e Toiba (LeT) divisional commander Abu Musaib killed in Hajin on Thursday morning is believed to be a relative of alleged 26/11 Mumbai attack mastermind Zaki ur Rehman Lakhvi.
Even as sources in the security establishment said there is ‘no evidence’ to back the claims, a police official said that Musaib, a Pakistani by origin, is believed to be the nephew of Lakhvi, the alleged mastermind of the attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008, that killed more than 150 civilians and left more than 600 injured.
Active in north Kashmir, including in Ganderbal area, since August 2015, Musaib was wanted for many militancy-related activities including the weapon snatching of an army personnel of 14-RR in Bandipora. “He played an active role in organising the fidayeen attack on August 15 last year at Nowhatta in Srinagar,” a police official said.
Before him, Abu Bakr a top LeT commander was killed in December in Sopore following which the group faced problems, a security official said.
Musaib, according to an official, was not directly working under the command of Abu Bakr. “He was active under a separate network through which he carried out several militant activities,” the official said.
“Musaib was trying to set up base in Bandipora area before he was killed in Hajin,” the official said.
Adding that the outfit was also trying to extend its network beyond north Kashmir, the official said that there are reports of several LeT operatives present on the outskirts of Srinagar city. “There are at least half a dozen LeT militants, including Babar, Anas and Hurera, active and operating in areas like Harwan, Zakura and Dachigam,” the official said.
Meanwhile, Dukhtaran-e-Millat while hailing the slain LeT militant also suggested that Musaib was a nephew of Lakhvi.
In his deposition before a special court in India, David Coleman Headley said that Lashkar-e-Toiba Lakhvi’s son had been killed “in a firefight with the Indian Army in Kashmir.”