Pulwama attack : Vehicle used for attack details extracted, owner absconding

The explosive-laden vehicle used for the suicide attack in Pulwama was a mini-van whose owner is on the run, investigators said today. The van, filled with at least 20 kg of RDX, was driven into the 78-vehicle CRPF convoy by a suicide bomber of Jaish-e Mohammad on the afternoon of February 14.

A senior Uttar Pradesh ATS official on Monday that the police have managed to extract data from the mobile phones of the two suspected Jaish terrorists arrested from Saharanpur district in UP. The official added that the investigators are analysing the data for leads.
The Anti-Terrorist Squad official also said the police have questioned “some persons” linked to the two Jaish-e-Mohammad men. It is to be noted that JeM was involved in February 14’s deadly Pulwama attack.
Director General of Police OP Singh had said to leading news agency, that the two suspected terrorists were “using BBM, virtual numbers and an app not available on Google Play Store” to communicate. The two men also discussed the movement of weapons and were planning to carry out a major terror attack
The National Investigation Agency, which was probing the case, today said it managed to piece together the remains and make out not only the make of the vehicle but its chassis number and registration number.

The Maruti Suzuki Ecco van was first bought in 2011 and changed hands seven times since. It last buyer was Sajjad Bhat, a resident of Anantnag’s Bijbehara. Purchase was made just 10 days before the terror strike, the agency said. But the investigators drew a blank when they raided his home on February 23.

Bhat, 19, was a student of a madrasa, Siraj-ul-Uloom,  in Shopian. Sources say he disappeared on the day of attack and today his photo, holding guns, surfaced on social media, declaring his entry to Jaish.

Bhat is seen as the second underground link to Jaish, whose top order has been wiped out in the Kashmir Valley in encounters with the security forces over the last few years.

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