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NIA takes over Pulwama attack probe from J&K Police, forms probe team

The NIA has already taken samples of the explosives and evidence from the area in south Kashmir's Pulwama district

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Pulwama terror attack

The Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday took over the probe into the February 14 terror attack in from the Jammu and police, officials said.

The agency has re-registered the case and formed a team to investigate the terror strike in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed, an spokesperson here said. The state police had registered a case at the Awantipora police station on February 14 after a suicide bomber blew himself up next to a CRPF bus, which was part of a 78-vehicle convoy carrying over 2,500 personnel on their way from Jammu to Srinagar. The has already gathered explosive material from the blast site in Lethpora in district of south and has been involved in the questioning of around a dozen people detained by police following the bombing, officials said. The agency has also met senior police, intelligence and army officers to gather whatever evidence they have, they said. The will probe the planning and execution of the terror attack, the second such in three decades of militancy in the state.

In 2000, a 17-year-old Kashmiri boy had blown himself outside the Srinagar-based army cantonment in year 2000, killing two Army men. On Monday, three Jaish terrorists were killed in a 16-hour operation in Pulwama's Pinglan area, 12 km from the spot of the February 14 attack. An Army major and four security personnel also lost their lives. Police and the Army announced Tuesday that these terrorists were responsible for last Thursday's attack.

First Published: Wed, February 20 2019. 16:25 IST