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NIA arrests Pak-based terrorist group JeM operation involved in Pulwama attack: Official India News

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NEW DELHI: In a major advance, the NIA arrested a Pakistani-based terrorist group operation Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) on Friday for its alleged involvement in the Pulwama terrorist attack last year, authorities said.

Authorities said Shakir Bashir Magrey, 22, a furniture store owner and a resident of Hajibal, Kakapora in Pulwama, had provided shelter and other logistical assistance to suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar.

Magrey was introduced to Dar in mid-2018 by Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq and became a full-time (OGW) worker at JeM.

During his initial interrogation, Magrey revealed that he repeatedly collected and handed out weapons, ammunition, cash and explosive materials to the JeM terrorists, including those involved in the Pulwama attack, the NIA said.

Magrey also revealed that he had housed Dar and Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his home from the end of 2018 until the attack in February 2019, and helped them prepare the improvised explosive device (IED).

His shop is located near the Lethpora bridge and, as Mohammad Umar Farooq advised, he began to recognize the movement of the CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar road in January 2019 and informed Mohammad Umar and Dar about it, they said The authorities.

Magrey also participated in the modification of the Maruti Eeco car and the installation of the IED in early February 2019, they said.

During the investigation, it was quickly determined that the brand, model and number of the car used in the attack was a Maruti Eeco car through forensic evidence of the small remains of the vehicle, which were seized from the site during thorough searches, the NIA said, Add this has been corroborated by Magrey.

The explosives used in the attack were determined by a forensic probe such as ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin and RDX. The investigation also confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmad Dar through a DNA that matches his father’s.

It has been found that the other key terrorists involved in the attack are Muddasir Ahmad Khan, the Commander of JeM Division of South Kashmir killed in an operation by security forces on March 11 of last year; Pakistani terrorists: Muhammad Umar Farooq and FDI expert Kamran, both killed on March 29 last year; the car owner: Sajjad Ahmad Bhat, a resident of Anantnag who was killed on June 16 of last year and Qari Yassir, Commander of JeM for Kashmir, who was killed on January 25 of this year.

The attack on the CRPF convoy, which moved from Jammu to Srinagar on February 14 last year in Pulwama, with a vehicle loaded with FDI by terrorist Jaish Dar had claimed the lives of 40 people from CRPF and seriously injured many others.

Magrey was presented to the NIA Special Court in Jammu on Friday and held up to 15 days in NIA custody for his detailed interrogation. The additional probe was running.

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