LeT militant arrested in J&K car blast case
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 19:44
  
Srinagar: J&K Police have arrested a computer engineer with links to Lashkar-e-Toiba militant outfit for allegedly "planning and executing" the car bomb explosion that left his accomplice dead and injured 20 others in Anantnag district last month.

The arrested militant has been identified as Mohammad Iqbal Bhat alias Mudasir, a computer engineer from Awantipora town, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Anantnag RK Jalla said.

Jalla said the arrested militant was involved in "planning and executing" the blast, which killed Mohammad Abbas Dar and injured 20 others including three CRPF jawans near Bijbehara town in south Kashmir, 45 kms from here, on March 22.

The police officer said the car bomb was targeted at "any security forces convoy or a VIP vehicle" which would have passed the spot where the car was parked.

Jalla said the investigations have revealed that Dar was an accomplice of Bhat and got killed when he went to check the IED after it did not explode with the mobile phone trigger.

"They had tried to explode the IED twice using the mobile phone detonator which failed. Abbas went to check the battery connection of the device, which exploded due to his fiddling," the SSP said.

Jalla said Abbas was working for Lashkar-e-Toiba and he had brought the IED-laden vehicle to the spot.

He said the module was working under the command of Lateef Kachru, who is a Lashkar commander in the Awantipora area of the south Kashmir.

Police are on a lookout for another suspect who has evaded arrest, he added.

The IED for the blast was prepared by Bhat in the Junglenar area of Awantipora, Jalla said.

Investigations have also revealed that Abbas was working as an over ground worker of militants seven years ago but was lying low till recently.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, April 01, 2012, 19:44


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