Pulwama Attack: NIA Arrests Father-Daughter Duo For Giving Shelter To Bomber

Over Forty CRPF personnel were killed when an explosives-laden truck had hit a convoy of the CRPF in Jammu & Kashmir’s Pulwama last year.

Srinagar| Four days after the National Investigation Agency made a major discovery in the Pulwama terror attack case over a year after the bombing, arresting one person who provided shelter to the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar, the NIA on Tuesday arrested two more people in the case, sources said.

An NIA source related to the probe told IANS: “Two more persons have been arrested by the agency in the Pulwama terror attack case.” The source said that a father-daughter duo has been arrested from Lethpora area for their involvement in the attack.

The arrests today come days after the NIA arrested 22-year-old Shakir Bashir Magrey, a furniture shop owner and resident of Hajibal, Kakapora in Pulwama, for allegedly providing shelter and other logistical assistance to suicide-bomber Adil Ahmad Dar.

During interrogation, Magrey revealed that he had harboured Dar and Pakistan-based terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his house from late 2018 till the attack in February 2019 and assisted them in the preparation of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED). His shop is located near Lethpora bridge, and as advised by Mohammad Umar, he started conducting reconnaissance of the movement of CRPF convoys on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in January 2019 and informed Mohammad Umar and Adil Ahmad Dar about it.

According to the agency, Magrey was introduced to Adil Ahmad Dar in mid-2018 by a Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq who recruited him as a full-time over-ground worker of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, which claimed responsibility for the 2019 Pulwama terror attack.

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The NIA has taken over the case to probe the conspiracy behind the February 14, 2019, incident in which Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Adil Ahmed Dar rammed his car into a CRPF convoy, killing 40 personnel.

The last video of Dar, which was released by JeM from Pakistan after the terror attack, was filmed at their residence at Hadkipora in Pulwama of South Kashmir.

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