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18-yr-old Pune woman, suspected to be suicide bomber, detained in J&K

The woman, a Class XI student at a Pune college, was subsequently sent for a de-radicalisation programme by the ATS

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Isis supporter Pune woman, suspected to be suicide bomber, detained in J&K

A Pune-based woman, alleged to be a suicide bomber, was detained by Police last night from South Kashmir, police said.

"We had an input about a suspect. Fortunately, after working on all the leads, we were able to apprehend the suspect late last night," of Police told reporters here.

Refusing to give any further details, Khan, who is also holding the post of of Police (Range), said, "We will be talking to her (suspect) and we will be talking to our sister agencies. We will be covering every other lead to know what the facts are. After doing proper investigation, we will come to any conclusion."

Central intelligence agencies had sounded to the that a woman from Pune, identified as Sadiya Anwar Shaikh, had shifted herself to Valley and was in regular touch with operatives, officials said.

A high alert was sounded in the valley two days ahead of and a message was circulated that "there is a strong input" that an 18-year-old non-Kashmiri woman might "cause a suicide bomb explosion" near or inside the parade in Kashmir.

"All are directed to please ensure that frisking of ladies at the (venues) is done meticulously and with utmost caution so as to thwart the designs of ANEs (anti-elements)," the message, circulated on 23 January, read.

Shaikh had been questioned by the Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad in 2015, when it came to notice that she had been radicalised after coming in contact with supporters abroad.

She was planning to travel to Syria, the ATS had then claimed. The woman, a Class XI student at a Pune college, was subsequently sent for a de-radicalisation programme by the ATS.

First Published: Fri, January 26 2018. 13:45 IST
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