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LeT wanted my son dead, not caught alive: Usman’s ‘father’ tells daily

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New Delhi: A Pakistan-based man who identified himself as the “unfortunate father” of the Pakistani terrorist nabbed in Udhampur has said that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) wanted his son dead, not caught alive and that his own life is in danger.

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Photo Credit: India Today

Speaking to the Hindustan Times daily over phone, the “father”, who identified himself as Mohammad Yakub said: “I’ll be killed. The Lashkar is after us, and the fauj is after us..”

The Hindustan Times contacted him on a phone number disclosed to interrogators by the arrested gunman Usman alias Mohammad Naved, who is said to hail from Faisalabad city of Pakistan’s Punjab province.

“You are calling from India. We’ll be killed. I am the unfortunate father,” Yakub told the daily.

“The Lashkar is after us. They probably wanted him dead and not caught alive. Please spare him,” Yakub said, referring to the LeT.

Usman, who was nabbed in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur district on Wednesday, is being questioned in Jammu to find out more about his plans to strike terror in the country. According to Jammu and Kashmir Police, he has admitted he is a Pakistani and hails from Faisalabad.

Usman along with a compatriot, had attacked a Border Security Force convoy on the highway near Samruli, about 10 km from Udhampur town, killing two troopers. The other terrorist was killed in the firing, but Usman was nabbed alive.

(IANS)

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Sri Lankan police officers perform a security check on a truck at a roadside in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 25, 2019. VOA

The U.S. Embassy in Colombo has advised people to avoid places of worship in Sri Lanka over the coming weekend, citing Sri Lankan reports that additional attacks may occur.

“Continue to remain vigilant and avoid large crowds,” the embassy said Thursday on its official Twitter account.

The warning comes days after a devastating attack on Christian worshipers on Easter Sunday when suicide bombers killed more than 350 people.

Sri Lanka’s Defense Secretary Hemasriri Fernando quit Thursday in the wake of the bombings, heeding calls from Sri Lanka’s president for his resignation.

People who live near the church that was attacked yesterday, leave their houses as the military try to defuse a suspected van before it exploded in Colombo, Sri Lanka, April 22, 2019. VOA

President Maithripala Sirisena had called on Fernando as well as the police chief Pujith Jayasundara to step down after he promised in a televised address to take stern action against officials who did not share with him the intelligence alerts that came from India days prior to the bombing of churches and luxury hotels.

As the government faces an outpouring of public anger over the failure to heed the warnings, senior officials admit it has been a “major lapse.”

Fernando said that there had been no failure on his own part, but he resigned to take responsibility for the failures of some institutions he headed, Reuters reported.

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Sri Lankan police clear the area while Special Task Force Bomb Squad officers inspect the site of an exploded van near a church that was attacked yesterday in Colombo, April 22, 2019. VOA

Reports say Indian intelligence agencies sent out several warnings to Sri Lanka, and that Indian security agencies had gathered details about Islamic militant group National Thowfeek Jamaath (NTJ), which is suspected of carrying out the attacks.

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The government also faces scrutiny on whether bitter political wrangling between Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe contributed to the failure to act upon warnings about the attacks. Wickremesinghe said that there had been a “breakdown in communication.”

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombings. (VOA)