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Man driving a car, Pulwama bomber stopped | India News

NEW DELHI: In a key step that will help rebuild the conspiracy behind the Pulwama terrorist attack, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested a worker from Jaish e Mohammad who not only installed the IED in the Maruti Eeco vehicle used for the attack, but also conducted it, with suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar in the front seat, up to 500 meters before the scene of the attack on February 14, 2019.

Shakir Bashir Magrey, a resident of Kakapora in Pulwama, only 22 years old, is the first live defendant arrested in the case. While Adil had died during the suicide attack, five other defendants identified were subsequently killed in separate operations by security forces between March 11, 2019 and January 25, 2020.

The Pulwama attack on February 14, 2019, which left 40 CRPF staff members martyred, was a turning point in India’s anti-terrorist trip, as it led to the first cross-border aerial attacks of Indian fighter jets in the facilities of Jaish and Mohammad in the depths of Pakistan.

Magrey, owner of a furniture store not far from the Pulwama attack site, is an important trap as it will help rebuild the events that led to the suicide attack. His initial interrogation, a NIA officer told TOI, revealed that he was with Adil Dar on the day of the attack. “This shows the level of trust the conspirators had in him,” said the officer.

As Adil was an unstable driver, it was Magrey who took the wheel of the Maruti Eeco explosive-laden car while driving to the site of the attack. It was only 500 meters before the site that Magrey got off, since only Adil had been chosen by Jaish for the suicide mission. Adil then led him to the place of the attack.

Magrey was the key link in the conspiracy of the Pulwama attack. He had housed Adil Dar and co-accused Pakistani terrorist Mohammad Umar Farooq in his home from the end of 2018 until the attack in February 2019 and helped them prepare the IED. As his shop is located near the Lethpora bridge, he, as advised by Umar, made a recognition of the movement of the CRPF convoy on the Jammu-Srinagar highway in January 2019, and accordingly informed Umar and Adil.

Magrey revealed during his interrogation that the ammonium powder, gloves and batteries for the IED used in the Pulwama attack were purchased at Amazon’s electronic sales site. Ammonium powder has multiple applications, even in fertilizers.

Magrey was introduced to Adil in mid-2018 by Umar Farooq and became a full-time OGW of JeM. He had collected and delivered weapons, ammunition, cash and explosive material to the JeM terrorists, including those involved in the Pulwama attack, on several occasions.

Magrey participated in the modification of the Maruti Eeco car and in the installation of the IED at the beginning of February 2019.

During the investigation, the NIA determined that the brand, model and number of the car used in the attack was a Maruti Eeco car through the forensic examination of its small remains. This has now been corroborated by Magrey.

The explosives used in the attack were determined to be ammonium nitrate, nitroglycerin and RDX by forensic investigation. The investigation also confirmed the identity of the suicide bomber as Adil Ahmad Dar through the DNA that matches his father’s. It was discovered that other key terrorists involved in the attack were Muddasir Ahmad Khan, (the JeM Divisional Commander in South Kashmir killed in an operation by the security forces on 11-03-2019) Pakistani terrorists namely. Muhammad Umar Farooq and the IED expert Kamran, (both killed on 03-29-2019), the owner of the car namely. Sajjad Ahmad Bhat without Marhama, Anantnag (killed on 06-16-2019) and Qari Yassir, Commander of JeM for Kashmir (killed on 01-25-2020). NIA believes that RDX may have been brought by Pakistani terrorists.

Magrey was presented to the NIA Special Court in Jammu on Friday and referred to 15 days of NIA custody.

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