17-year-old JeM terrorist responsible for attack at Tanghdar, apprehended

Srinagar: Security forces on Thursday said they had arrested a Pakistani suicide bomber of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit in Baramulla district in Jammu and Kashmir.

Military spokesman S.D. Goswami said that the army and police caught Mohammad Sadiq Gujjar, 17, who had carried out an attack three months back on an army camp in Kupwara district. He was accompanied by three associates who were killed in the November attack.

Gujjar, son of Walid Mohammad Gujjar, was a resident of Sialkot Daska in Pakistan.

"The terrorist was part of the four fidayeen who carried out the attack on the army camp at Tanghdar on November 25," the spokesman said.

"He has told his interrogators that he set fire to an oil depot inside the army camp and destroyed several vehicles before he was ordered by his colleagues to leave.

"The fidayeen told his interrogators that the JeM militants were launched from Athmuqam in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and was tasked to attack any army camp near the LoC (Line of Control)," the spokesman added.

"The group, with the help of GPS, crossed the border on foot on November 24 night and continued to walk till they reached the Tanghdar army camp after six-seven hours," he told the interrogators.

After the attack, Gujjar fled to nearby forests where he was in hiding for three days. He was asked by his handlers to go to Kupwara. He changed his clothes and boarded a van from Tanghdar, with his weapon concealed.

He reached Kupwara and befriended some people who helped him to travel to Baramulla where he got arrested.

Coming from a well-off farmer's family in Sialkot, Gujjar has five brothers and two sisters. He was lured by his school friend, who is also a JeM militant, to take to militancy.

Gujjar said he got three months training in a JeM camp.


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Updated Date: Feb 25, 2016 17:51:35 IST

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