Suicide-attacker Dar was school drop-out, lived 10 kms from attack site, knew the area inside out

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The Hush Post| 9:45 am |one-minute-read

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar, who rammed explosive-laden SUV into a bus ferrying CRPF soldiers, killing 44 soldiers, in Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday afternoon, was a school dropout.

He seemed to have been picked up for various reasons.

This 22-year-old lived just 10 km away from the site of the attack. Dar knew the area too well. He dropped out of class 12 in a local school in Gundibagh in March 2017. The reason for his dropping out was that his cousin was killed in a militant operation. Subsequently, he went missing in 2018.

Soon after, there were reports of him being spotted with militant groups like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen.

Adil Ahmad Dar dropped out of a school in Gundibagh. In 2018, Dar went missing and reportedly joined Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terror outfit. He took the sobriquet of Waqas commando.

He was resident of Gundibagh, a village which is around 10 km away from the spot of Pulwama terror attack in which at least 44 CRPF jawans have been killed.

As per police record, Dar was a category C militant. Besides JeM, he was also spotted with the members of Hizbul and Lashkar.

Before he became a militant, Dar worked at a local mill. His father, Riyaz Ahmad Dar, runs a small shop in Gundibagh.

Adil Ahmad Dar is the third ‘fidayeen’ militant recruited by the JeM for a suicide attack.

Earlier on Thursday, JeM released a video clip of Adil Ahmad Dar, which it claimed was shot before the audacious attack was carried out in Lethpora of Pulwama district.

“My name is Adil, I joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad a year ago. After a year’s wait, I have got the chance to do what I joined the Jaish for… By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven… this is my last message for the people of Kashmir,” Dar said in the video in which he can be seen standing in front of JeM banners, surrounded with rifles and lethal explosives.

Investigators are shocked at the magnitude of the attack, given that almost the entire leadership of Jaish was wiped out over the years.

Last year, security forces had claimed a big win after Mohammad Usman, believed to be the head of the module behind sniper attacks on forces in the Kashmir Valley, was killed by security men. Usman was the nephew of Moulana Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad. This attack is believed to be a revenge for Usman’s killing.

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