A Jammu resident and his daughter were arrested by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in connection with last year’s suicide bombing terror strike in Pulwama on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy, killing 40 soldiers. According to the NIA officials, the two “harboured” main bombers Adil Ahmad Dar, Shakir Magrey and senior Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commanders before the February 14, 2019 attack.
The two accused have been identified as Tariq Ahmed Shah (50) and his 23-year-old daughter Insha Jan. The agency said that Ahmed has confessed that his house was used by the terrorists to plan the attack. The investigation agency further added, the video of suicide bomber Dar, which was circulated on social media, was also shot at his house.
Magrey, arrested last week, reportedly provided shelter and logistical help to Dar. He also drove the car but got down from the vehicle around 500 meters away from the attack site. “This shows how closely he was involved in planning and execution of attack,” added this person.
Forensic investigation has revealed the explosives used in the attack were Ammonium Nitrate, RDX, and Nitro-Glycerin. The JeM terrorists ordered the battery and ammonium powder to make the bombs through Amazon. The NIA officials also informed that the explosives were procured from across the border.
“He provided shelter and other logistical assistance to the suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar. He was introduced to Adil Ahmad Dar in mid-2018 by a Pakistani terrorist, Mohammad Umar Farooq and he became a full-time OGW of JeM. During his initial interrogation, he has disclosed that on several occasions, he collected and delivered arms, ammunition, cash and explosive material to the JeM terrorists, including those involved in Pulwama attack,” the NIA statement said.
Pulwama terror attack was one of the deadliest terror attacks on security forces on Feb 14, 2019. At least 4 CRPF personnel were killed and another 20 injured after a JeM terrorist drove an explosive-loaded SUV into a convoy of vehicles carrying paramilitary troops on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in South Kashmir’s Pulwama district near about 3 pm.