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NIA arrests fifth accused in 2017 Lethpora terror attack case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The (NIA) Sunday arrested the fifth accused in connection with a terror attack on the at village in district in December 2017 that killed five personnel, officials said here.

An NIA said Irshad was picked up from in south after the interrogation of and Syed Hilal Andrabi, nabbed earlier by the probe agency.

He alleged that Reshi was an over of the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group and a close associate of slain terrorist Noor Mohammad Tantray alias Noor Trali, a little over four-feet tall.

Trali, who was instrumental in reviving the outfit in the Valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces in December 2017.

The said the attack on at was executed under a conspiracy to avenge the death of Trali.

He alleged that Reshi has been found to be a key conspirator who provided logistic support in the form of sheltering and transport for the terrorists and conducted reconnaissance of the before the terror attack.

The attack on the CRPF centre was carried out in the intervening night of December 30 and 31 in 2017 by three terrorists belonging to the JeM.

The terrorists were identified as Fardeen Ahmad Khandey, Manzoor Baba and a Pakistani, Abdul Shakoor, a resident of the Rawalakot area of occupied

Five CRPF personnel were killed in the attack. The three terrorists were also eliminated.

Besides Tantray and Andrabi, the other accused arrested in the case are Fayaz and Manzoor

Reshi will be produced before the Special NIA court in Jammu on Monday with a request for grant of police custody for further investigation, the said.

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First Published: Sun, April 14 2019. 16:25 IST