In a major breakthrough, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested two more accused, including a man who allegedly bought chemicals online for making improvised explosive device (IED) to be used in an attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama last year.
The terror attack left 40 CRPF personnel, including one from Assam, dead in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14th, 2019.
Waiz-ul-Islam (19) from Srinagar and Mohammad Abbass Rather (32) from Pulwama were arrested by the NIA. With this, a total of five have been arrested by the NIA is the terror attack case.
As per reports, during interrogation, Islam stated that he bought chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories from e-commerce giant Amazon. He was instructed by Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists to arrange the materials for the attack.
Islam used his own Amazon shopping account to procure the required items and later personally delivered the same to the JeM terrorists.
A convoy of 78 vehicles transporting more than 2,500 CRPF personnel from Jammu to Srinagar was travelling on National Highway 44 on February 14th, 2019. The convoy had left Jammu around 03:30 am and was carrying a large number of personnel due to the highway having been shut down for two days prior. The convoy was scheduled to reach its destination before sunset.
At Lethpora near Awantipora, around 3:15 am, a bus carrying security personnel was rammed by a car carrying explosives. It caused a blast which killed 40 CRPF personnel of the 76th Battalion and injured many others.
The JeM claimed responsibility for the attack and also released a video of the assailant Adil Ahmad Dar, a 22-year old from Kakapora who had joined the group a year earlier. It is the deadliest terror attack on India’s state security personnel in Kashmir since 1989.
Rather, an old overground worker of the JeM, gave shelter at his home to Jaish terrorist and IED expert Mohd Umar after he came to Kashmir in April-May 2018. Before the Pulwama attack, he gave shelter to Dar, Sameer Ahmed Dar and Kamran, a Pakistani and other JeM terrorists at his house.
The explosives used in the attack were determined through a forensic probe to be ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin and RDX.
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