Pakistan terror groups use women to ‘honey trap’ youths: officials

Continuous monitoring of Syed Shazia’s social media presence showed that she was getting diktats from across the border for honey trapping and luring youths into militancy from across the border, intelligence officials said. (Representational Image)

‘Honey trapping’ is one of the new methods used by Pakistan-based terror groups to woo youths towards militancy and use them as human carriers for delivering arms from one place to another or acting as guides to infiltrating terrorists, officials said.

An intelligence-based operation had led to the arrest of Syed Shazia, a woman in her early 30s from Bandipore, a fortnight ago. It was seen that she had many accounts on social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram which many youths in the Valley followed, they said.

Officials from the central security agencies had been keeping a watch on the Internet Protocol (IP) address used by Shazia for several months. She used to converse with youths and would promise to meet them only if a certain “consignment” was delivered from one place to another, the officials said.

Shazia had been in touch with some officials in the police department as well, but the officials termed it a usual tactic of “double-cross” as she used to report the movement of troops and “not so sensitive” information to her handlers across the border.

During interrogation, she told the investigators about the presence of some more women in militants ranks who had been…

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