15 of 19 terrorists involved in attack killed or arrested: ADGP Kashmir

Kashmir police chief ADGP Vijay Kumar during paying tributes to slain CRPF men killed in Pulwama attack in 2019.
Kashmir police chief ADGP Vijay Kumar during paying tributes to slain CRPF men killed in Pulwama attack in 2019.Mubashir Khan for Greater Kashmir

Srinagar:  Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Tuesday said that of the 19 terrorists and Over Ground Workers (OGWs) involved in the incident, 15 had been either killed or arrested.

It was in 2019 on this day when a local suicide bomber Adil Dar of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) rammed his explosive-laden car into a CRPF bus at Lethpora Pulwama, leaving 40 CRPF personnel dead.

“Out of 19 terrorists and OGW involved in the Pulwama attack, eight have been killed and seven arrested while four including Masood Azhar (JeM chief), Rauf Masood and (Ammar) Alvi who all are based in Pakistan are still alive, " ADGP Kumar told reporters after paying tributes at Lethpora, Pulwama.

“Over the last few years security forces have broken the back of Jaish in Kashmir,” he said. “The JeM is trying to recruit locals into their ranks. We will not allow JeM to flourish here.”

The Kashmir police chief disclosed that at present JeM has only seven to eight locals and five to six active Pakistanis terrorists including Mossa Solaimani who is active in Kulgam district of south Kashmir.

“A total of 37 local terrorists are presently active. Of them only two are old (Farooq Nali and Riyaz Chatri) while rest are new recruits,” he said, adding that the hunt for them is on.

The ADGP Kashmir said that terrorists were focusing on using small weapons like pistols, grenades, and sticky bombs.

“We are also focusing on these things,” he said, adding that the Police was busting small terror modules and focusing on terror funding and narco-terrorism.

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