Pakistani suicide bomber arrested in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 25 (IANS) A Pakistani terrorist who attacked an Indian army camp in Jammu and Kashmir three months ago has been arrested, the military announced on Thursday.

Mohammad Sadiq Gujjar, 17, of Daska in Sialkot in Pakistan, was caught in Baramulla where he escaped to after attacking the army camp at Tangdhar in Kupwara district on November 25.

That attack left the three Pakistani associates of the Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) activists and an Indian civilian dead.

Military spokesman S.D. Goswami told IANS from Udhampur that the army and police trapped Gujjar, son of Walid Mohammad Gujjar. Five others suspected of helping Gujjar were also arrested after his interrogation.

“The terrorist was part of the four fidayeen who carried out the attack on the army camp,” the spokesman said.

“He told his interrogators that he set fire to an oil depot in 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 told to any army camp near the LoC (Line of Control),” the spokesman said.

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

After the attack, Gujjar fled to nearby forests and 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 was 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 in Pakistan.

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