Two more held in Udhampur terror attack case

  • PTI
  • Updated: Nov 13, 2015 18:16 IST
The sole militant caught alive after a terrorist attack on a BSF convoy that was travelling on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway in Udhampur district about 85km from Jammu, on Wednesday, August 05, 2015 (HT Photo)

Two more persons have been arrested in connection with the terror attack on a BSF convoy in Udhampur in August, taking to five the number of those held in the case being probed by the NIA.

Khursheed Ahmed Ittoo and Fayaz Ahmed Ittoo were arrested by the Jammu and Kashmir Police over the last two days and handed over to the NIA, the investigating agency said. They were arrested after their names surfaced during the investigation in the terror attack in which two BSF personnel were killed and a number of others injured on August 5, NIA said.

With the arrest of these two, the number of people nabbed in this case has gone up to five. This includes Pakistani terrorist of banned Lashker-e-Taiba Mohammed Naved, one of the two attackers overpowered by locals after the terror strike.

His associate was killed in the return fire by BSF.

NIA alleged that Khursheed used his car as pilot vehicle for the truck in which Naved and his accomplice Mohammed Noman travelled from the Kashmir valley to Udhampur for executing the attack at Samroli.

Khursheed is alleged to be in constant touch with the truck driver Fayaz Ahmed Ashwar and he coordinated with the militants regarding the place of attack and other logistics, the NIA said in a release.

The entire conspiracy of Udhampur terrorist attack was executed in the house of Fayaz in Kudwani of South Kashmir. NIA had announced a cash reward of Rs two lakh on information leading to his arrest.

The two arrested accused will be produced before the Special NIA court. The NIA is expected to seek their custody for interrogation.

A group of four LeT terrorists Mohammad Naved Yakub, Zhargham alias Mohammed Bhai, Abu Okasa and Noman had entered India from Baba Reshi in Baramulla district to south Kashmir.

The group split into two. One group attacked BSF convoy in Udhampur on August 5, during which Naved was arrested and his associate Mohammed Noman alias Momin was killed.

The main conspirator of the case Abu Qassim, the Lashker’s terror group’s top commander, was killed last month during an encounter at Kulgam.

The NIA had already arrested Showkat Ahmed Bhat and Khursheed Ahmed who were also involved in the alleged transportation of the terrorists in Kashmir.

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