New Delhi: Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists had planned to carry out the Pulwama terror attack on February 9, according to Zee News sources. Notably, February 9 is the death anniversary of Afzal Guru and he was executed in 2013 for his role in Parliament terror attack case. Also Read - After PM Modi's Request to Keep Kumbh Mela 'Symbolic', Juna Akhada Calls Off Celebrations
The deadly Pulwama attack which took place on February 14 killed 40 CRPF personnel. The jawans were returning from leave to resume their duty when a suicide bomber belonging to the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terror group rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a CRPF bus. The vehicle was blown up at around 3:15 PM on the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Awantipora area of the district, nearly 30 km short of its destination – the Bakshi Stadium transit camp in Srinagar. (Also read: US, India Likely to Hold Meeting Over Pulwama) Also Read - We Need to Build a Bunch of Pacers for T20 World Cup and Other Series: Waqar Younis
As per the inputs from Zee news, the terror outfit had also considered February 11 for execution of their plan. It is the date of death anniversary of Maqbool Bhat who was the founder of the militant organisation National Liberation Front. (ALSO READ: RDX Used to Carry Out Pulwama Terror Attack Was Smuggled From Across Border, Suspects NIA) Also Read - Over 2.34 Lakh Corona Cases, 1,341 Deaths in Last 24 Hours: India's Covid Crisis Deepens | 10 Points
Earlier, it was reported that the plan was 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. (ALSO READ: Pulwama Attack Planned After Killing of JeM Chief Masood Azhar’s Nephew: Security Agencies)
A huge amount of RDX was used to carry out an attack on the CRPF bus. Reportedly, the explosive was brought from across the border in small quantities. These explosives were last used by the terrorists in 2008 Assam terror attacks. (ALSO READ: Pulwama Suicide Bomber Was a 22-year-old School Dropout – All You Need to Know About Him)
Meanwhile, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) re-registered the case related to Pulwama terrorist attack.
On Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had said that his government would take action against perpetrators of Pulwama attack only if India provides evidence of Islamabad’s involvement. Reacting to the statement, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said, “We are not surprised that the Prime Minister of Pakistan refuses to acknowledge the attack on our security forces in Pulwama as an act of terrorism. He has neither chosen to condemn this heinous act nor condoled with the bereaved families.”