Kupwara man arrested by NIA in Nagrota army camp attack case

Srinagar, May 26: National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in Nagrota army camp attack case by arresting a Kupwara resident, who it said was an operative of Jaish-e-Muhammad.

IG NIA Alok Mittal said that the agency on Saturday arrested Syed Muneer-ul-Hassan Qadri, a resident of Hurhama, Lolab, Lalpora in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district during the investigation of a case, RC-16/2016/NIA/DLI.

“The Jammu and Kashmir Police has played a key role in the arrest of the accused,” he said.

Seven army men were killed and three others injured in the attack on Nagrota Army camp on November 29, 2016. Three attackers were killed in the operation and a huge quantity of firearms, ammunition, explosives and other articles were recovered from the slain.

“Preliminary interrogation of the accused revealed that the attack was carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammad in furtherance of a well-planned conspiracy from Pakistan,” said Mittal.

He said the accused revealed that he along with other Kashmir-based JeM operatives were in touch with the JeM leadership in Pakistan.

“He revealed to have received a freshly infiltrated group of three Pakistani militants from the Samba sector a day before the attack,” said Mittal.

“They subsequently stayed at a hotel in Jammu and then left the attackers at Nagrota outside the army camp late at night and proceeded to the Kashmir valley.”

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