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PoK quake: Terror takes a hit too
October 11, 2005 17:34 IST
Army Chief General J J Singh on Tuesday said terrorist training and recruitment camps operating in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir may have been 'affected' in Saturday's killer earthquake.
"The worst affected areas are the one that had terrorist camps in Muzaffarabad and nearby areas.
"When entire villages have been wiped out, it is possible that these terrorist camps have also been affected," Singh said.
Muzaffarabad was the epicentre of the earthquake.
This town as well as the adjoining areas falling in North West Frontier Province of Pakistan had training camps of militant outfits like Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashker-e-Taiba, Tehrek-ul-Mujahideen, Hizbul Mujahideen and Al-Badar.
Wireless messages of TuM, intercepted by central security agencies on Monday evening, said the outfit's building around Muzaffarbad had been damaged with some 'boys (militants) burried under it'.
They said a majority of the training camps were located near the epicentre of the quake with Lashker's office and hospital in Muzzafarabad being completely razed to ground. The Harkat-ul--Mujahideen's training centre at Balkote and Batrasi, Jaish-e-Mohammed's camp at Auttuck, Al-Badar's at Oghi, Lashker's at Mansera and recruitment camp of Hizbul Mujahideen at Jungle-Mangal had been damaged to a great extent, the sources said.