Four more people were detained during nocturnal raids in two villages of Shopian district on Wednesday night.
As per reports, the detainees have been identified as Anayat Ullah Malik son of Mohammad Syed Malik, Tanveer Ahmad Wagay son of Gh. Hussain Wagay, Sajad Ahmad Khan son of Abdul Hamid Khan, all residents of Vehil and Muzafar Ahmad Mir son of Gh. Hassan Mir of Choudrigund village.
Police sources confirmed the arrests but did not give any more information about the nature of the charges.
On Wednesday night, five youth have been arrested during night raids in a village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district and are being quizzed in connection with the Banihal car blast case.
They said the detained youth are being quizzed regarding the Banihal blast case.
On Monday, a suspected Hizb militant, who made an abortive attempt to target a CRPF convoy on Jammu-Srinagar national highway on March 30, was arrested.
The suspect was planning to carry out a suicide attack on a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said on Monday.
Addressing a media conference, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh said the suspect had escaped from the site on Saturday but was traced and arrested on Monday.
The arrested youth, identified as Owais Amin of Shopian district in the Kashmir Valley and a member of the banned Hizbul Mujahideen group, was also produced before the media.
“We recovered 50 gelatin sticks of super power 90 brand, urea, sulphur, ammonium nitrate, two bottles of petrol, and two LPG cylinders. These high grade explosive materials were recovered spread around the burning car.
“We had immediately started an operation to trace the driver of the car who had somehow managed to escape and we were successful in arresting him today (Monday),” the DGP said.
Amin said he had been assigned the job of carrying out a suicide attack against the CRPF convoy passing on the highway on March 30 and was told that he would receive his instructions on phone. “I was only told to press the button after coming close to the CRPF vehicle,” he said.
The police said they had clearly established that militants had made plans to carry out a massive suicide attack which got aborted because the car carrying the high grade explosive caught fire before the driver could trigger the bigger improvised explosive device (IED).
The DGP said the blast occurred because a small IED inside the car went off before the driver could trigger the high-grade IED with which he had planned to carry out the suicide attack.
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