Jammu Kashmir Police allege one of identified suicide attacker belonged to Pakistan

SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Police have identified one of the three killed militants involved in recent suicide, alleging he is Pakistan national.

A senior police official told IndiaToday news channel that one of the militant killed in the Entrepreneur Development Institute (EDI) attack had been identified as Abdul Manan son of Zia Ur Rehman of Wazirabad district of Punjab province in Pakistan.

Police suspect the three militants, who carried out an attack on paramilitary Centre Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on February 21 and then used sprawling building of the EDI main building as a bunker for 48 hours engaging the security forces, were fresh infiltrators.

Police suspect that the militants might have infiltrated ten days earlier carrying out attack which left six people, including three soldiers, dead.

On February 21 at about 3.30pm the three militants attacked a CRPF convoy in which 11 personnel were wounded. Of the 11, two succumbed later. A civilian, an employee at EDI, was caught in the crossfire between militants and the paramilitary troopers during the initial attack. Police and security forces also evacuated more than 100 people, including students and EDI employees, from a Jhelum building of the EDI complex.

On February 22, Captain Pawan Kumar 23, who was the head of the Para Special Force team, sustained injuries while entering the main building. He too succumbed to his wounds. On the same day, the army lost 21-year-old Captain Tushar Mahajan and 32-year-old Lance Naik Om Prakash while entering the building.

The militants were buried in the Uri area of Baramulla, around 70 km north of Srinagar, close to Line of Control. However, at several places in south Kashmir people offered funeral prayers in absentia for the killed militants. Police and the army said all the killed militants in the EDI attack were foreigners.

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