NIA arrests two more people in Lethpora suicide attack case



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The National Investigative Agency (NIA) on Friday arrested two more persons in Pulwama suicide attack case in which over 40 CRPF personnel were killed last year after suicide bomber Adil Dar rammed his explosive-laden car into bus they were travelling in, reported Hindustan Times.

The newspaper Hindustan Times quoted NIA spokesman as having said that Waiz ul Islam, 19, of Baghe Mehtab, Srinagar and Mohammad Abbas Rather, 32, of Hakripora, Pulwama were arrested after raids were conducted in different parts of Kashmir to nab those involved in the case.

The NIA had arrested a father and daughter from Harkipora Pulwama for their role in the attack, since then NIA had conducted raids in different parts of South Kashmir, said the report.

“Waiz ul Islam disclosed that he used his Amazon shopping account to procure chemicals for making IEDs, batteries and other accessories on the directions of the militants,’’ the NIA statement said adding that he had personally delivered the items to JeM militants after procuring the incriminating material online as a part of the conspiracy to carry out the Pulwama attack.

“Mohammad Abbas Rather is an old over-ground worker (OGW) of JeM. He had disclosed that he gave shelter at his home to Jaish militant Mohammad Umar (IED expert) after Umar came to Kashmir in April-May 2018,’’ the statement said adding that he also harboured JeM militants Adil Ahmad Dar, Sameer Ahmed Dar and Kamran (Pakistani) at his house a number of times in the run up to the Pulwama attack.

NIA statement said that he also facilitated safe shelter for the JeM militants, including the suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar and others at the house of the Tariq Ahmed Shah and his daughter Insha Jan of Hakripora, Pulwama, who had been arrested in March. “The two arrested accused shall be produced before the NIA special court in Jammu on Saturday. The investigation in the case will continue further.’’


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