New Delhi: Security and intelligence agencies probing last week’s Pulwama terror attack have found that the plan materialised after the killing of US-designated global terrorist Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar’s nephew Usman Haider on October, 31 2018, in Tral. (Catch LIVE Updates of Bharat Bandh Called Over Pulwama Terror Attack) Also Read - Pulwama Suicide Attack: 19-year-old Youth Bought Chemicals on Amazon to Make Explosives, Reveals NIA
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“Individual (Adil Ahmad) is just lip syncing to a recorded version which is playing. Of the four weapons on display, two were M4 carbine — one M4A1 on bipod and one M4 MK18 carried by the individual (Adil), one AK 47, and one M9 Beretta pistol along with 14 magazines (Standard issue and EPM tan colour magazines),” DNA quoted an intelligence report. Also Read - Jaish-e-Mohammad Planning Terror Attack in Ayodhya, Reveal Intelligence Agencies
“The individual who executed the action, from planning to the assembly of the explosives, is a trained and practised part of a special mission team. The attack also has similarity to the vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) attack of May 31, 2017 in Kabul. Assistance of a local trained in chemical engineering or MSc Chemistry background for the improvised explosive is likely,” the report said.
It also pointed out there is a time lapse of a couple of months between the first picture of Adil Ahmad and the rest of the
Sources also told the daily that they attack was meant to be a revenge attack. But the plan was changed when JeM lost over a dozen of its men in three attempts without causing any damage to the security forces in Pulwama and Shopian.
The plan was set in motion once JeM commander Abdul Rashid Gazi, who is presently believed to be based in Tral area of Pulwama, arrived. “The attack was planned for the first week of February in a run-up to week-long anniversary ceremony of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat,” the source said to the daily.
Adil took the vehicle on the highway on February 2, 6 and 8 as well. The date of attack was then chosen to be February 9 — the anniversary date of the execution of Afzal Guru. But due to general strike and closure of highway from February 7 to February 13, the plan could not be executed.
February 14 was then picked as a huge number of security convoys was to be passing through.
“Security agencies have passed the initial input about the attack possibility on February 2 and final input about the attack was shared on February 8,” said a source in the central agencies citing internal reports shared with the government.
Also, the agencies also claimed that a Pakistan suicide bomber was accompanying Adil in the explosive-laden vehicle. The agencies shared their information with National Investigation Agency which is helping Jammu and Kashmir Police with the probe.