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During interrogation, Magrey revealed that he had harboured Adil Ahmad Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his house from late 2018 till the attack on February 14, 2019 and assisted them in the preparation of the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) …. reports Asian Lite News

The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS) by .
The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad’s terror link with Pulwama attack reconfirmed as Indian investigators nabbed Shakir Bashir Magrey, who provided shelter to the suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar and a Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq.

Magrey (22), a resident of Hajibal, Kakapora in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, is an “Over Ground Worker” of the Jaish-e-Mohammad and allegedly provided shelter and other logistical assistance to the Pulwama attack suicide bomber, sources close to the National Investigation Agency said.

He was produced before a Special NIA court in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and remanded in 15 days of NIA custody.

During interrogation, Magrey revealed that he had harboured Adil Ahmad Dar and Pakistan-based 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, sources said.

He was also involved in modifying the Maruti Eeco car and fitting the IED in it in early February, 2019. He was introduced to Adil Ahmad Dar in mid-2018 by a Pakistan-based terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq and he became a full-time OGW of JeM. During his initial interrogation, he 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.

“During investigation, the make, model and number of the car used in the attack was quickly ascertained by NIA to be a Maruti Eeco car through forensic examination of the tiny remnants of the car, which were seized from the spot during extended searches,” NIA said in a statement.

The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS) by .
The site on on the Srinagar-Jammu highway where 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a suicide attack by militants in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Feb 14, 2019. (File Photo: IANS)

“This has been corroborated by accused Shakir Bashir Magrey. The explosives used in the attack were determined to be ammonium nitrate, nitro-glycerin and RDX through forensic investigation,” the statement added.

Investigation has also confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber to be Adil Ahmad Dar through DNA matching with that of his father. Other key terrorists involved in the attack have been found to be Muddasir Ahmad Khan, JeM’s Divisional Commander of South Kashmir, killed in an operation by security forces in March 2019, Pakistani terrorists Muhammad Umar Farooq and IED expert Kamran, (both were killed in another operation in March, the owner of the car Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, relative of Marhama, Anantnag, killed in June 2019 and Qari Yassir, JeM’s Commander for Kashmir. Yassir was also killed by Indian security officials in January prior to the Indian Republic Day celebrations.

​The attack on the CRPF convoy, moving from Jammu towards Srinagar on February 14, 2019 at Pulwama, with an IED-laden vehicle by Jaish terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar had claimed lives of 40 CRPF personnel and grievously injured many others.

 

 

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