JERUSALEM, Aug 19 (1993): Israel has warned its citizens to stay out of Kashmir where Moslem separatists have reportedly threatened to abduct travellers from the Jewish state.
Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin’s adviser on terrorism Yigal Karmon said in a statement late on Tuesday that the Hizbul- Mujahideen group had issued a warning to Israelis to stay out of the troubled Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir.
“The leader of the group known as ‘Salah E-Din’ instructed his activists to check the documents of all tourists and if they catch Israelis to take them prisoner,” the statement said.
The Kashmiri group also accused India of hiring the Israeli Mossad secret service to fight the Moslem separatists, the statement said.
Israeli tourist Yair Yitzhaki was killed by Kashmiri separatists who abducted him and six friends in June 1991. The other Israelis overpowered their kidnappers and escaped.
Yair Frisch, one of those who escaped, told Israel’s Army radio on Wednesday that travel to Kashmir was “an original way to commit suicide”.