Pak-based Jehad Council claims responsibility for Pathankot attack

PTI
Published Jan 4, 2016, 6:15 pm IST
Updated Mar 26, 2019, 12:11 pm IST
‘The attack was carried out by the National Highway Squad,’ a spokeman said.
Security personnel during operations against the militants in Pathankot (Photo: PTI)
 Security personnel during operations against the militants in Pathankot (Photo: PTI)

Srinagar: Pakistan-based United Jehad Council (UJC), an umbrella organisation of about a dozen militant outfits, claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on the airbase at Pathankot on Monday.

"The attack on the Pathankot Airbase was carried out by the National Highway Squad," Syed Sadaqat Hussain, presenting himself as UJC spokesman, claimed in an email statement to a local news agency here.

 

He, however, did not give the number of militants involved in the attack.

UJC comprises mostly the militant outfits active in Jammu and Kashmir.

Experts in Delhi expressed doubt over the authenticity of the claim as the Pathankot attack is widely believed to be the handiwork of Pakistan-backed Jaish-e-Mohammad terror outfit, which is not part of UJC.

The claim is being seen as a diversionary tactic.

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