THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A terror brigade of 185 Keralites was selected by the Lashkar- e-Toiba and provided preliminary training at camps conducted in various centres in Kannur and Ernakulam. The Special Investigation Team probing the terror link to Kerala obtained this shocking piece of information from three Kashmiri youngsters.
Yasin, Fayaz, Shakeer alias Rahim and Fayiz who were killed in encounters with police in Kashmir and Abdul Jabbar, who had escaped the scene, constituted the pilot team sent by Kerala terror gurus to Kashmir.
SIT officials led by DySP V K Akbar, who visited Kashmir in January to probe the terror links of Kerala youth, interrogated Fiyaz Ahammed, 26, of Dindwall, Pulwama, Sajad Ahammed Reshi alias Hanzulla, Chakoo Shopian, South Kashmir, and Shabbir Ahammed Tali alias Abu Saquib, 20, Tulrun Shoppian, South Kashmir.
These three youngsters took part in the terror camp organised by LeT in Kupwara and Dorusa forest areas in Kashmir during October last year, along with the five-member team from Kerala. The Lashkar camp had 17 members, including seven Pakistanis and three Kashmiris.