NIA raids on two locations in Pulwama in connection with 2019 suicide attack

NIA  raids on two locations in Pulwama in connection with 2019 suicide attack

Magrey was produced before a Special NIA court in Jammu on Friday and remanded to 15 days NIA custody for detailed interrogation

New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency conducted raids on Saturday at two homes in Pulwama district in connection with the deadly suicide bombing carried out last February by the Jaish-e-Mohammed, in which 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers were killed.

The NIA raided the homes of Shakir Bashir Magrey, who was said to be the suicide bomber’s main handler, and Nazim Ahmad Rather, who sources say is an over-ground worker for the Jaish and was indulged in the February 14, 2019 attack.

The NIA arrested Magrey on Friday Officials said the furniture shop owner, who lives in Hajibal, Kakapora, provided shelter and other logistical assistance to the suicide bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar.

After the Pulwama attack, India announced that it had conducted an airstrike on Pakistani soil on a Jaish-e-Mohammed training camp — an operation was seen as revenge for the suicide bombing.

The airstrike was conducted in Balakot, in Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province; it was followed by a dogfight the following day between Indian and Pakistani warplanes.

Magrey was produced before a Special NIA court in Jammu on Friday and remanded to 15 days NIA custody for detailed interrogation.

An Indian fighter pilot named Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman — was captured for few days and was later released.


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