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Next-Door Kamikaze

Urbane, motivated, net-savvy—the new, deadlier crop of militants is from the middle class

Next-Door Kamikaze
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Next-Door Kamikaze
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Strategies, too, have changed. There is now an effort on the part of the militant groups to involve locals. While a few years ago the foreign mercenary lived in his hideout in the mountains and ventured out only to strike targets, today there is a conscious attempt to cultivate friends in the neighbourhood and indoctrinate those who are favourably inclined. Also, women are being trained to liaison for militant outfits. Take for example Mehmooda, a resident of Bundgam, arrested in central Kashmir on September 9. She was allegedly working for the Hizbul Mujahideen, recruiting locals for the outfit.

But the most disturbing change is that educated, middle-class Kashmiris have begun to take to militancy. Their strikes are carefully planned, with the optimum use of modern technologies. Former RAW official B. Raman argues in a paper, 'Terrorism: Changing Profile', that "terrorist groups of today have been able to constantly have the quality of their weapons and means of communications upgraded". The increased use of the Net by terror outfits, he argues, has made the task of intelligence agencies and those who counter terrorism much more difficult. Breaking into someone's e-mail is a lot tougher than intercepting wireless messages.

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