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Suicide attacker in Handwara assault was member of Hafiz Saeed’s JuD: report

In a shocking revelation, it has been found that one of the three suicide attackers involved in a foiled assault on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara on October 6 was a member of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD).

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 14, 2016 8:07 IST ]
Suicide attacker in Handwara assault was member of Hafiz
Suicide attacker in Handwara assault was member of Hafiz Saeed’s JuD: report

In a shocking revelation, it has been found that one of the three suicide attackers involved in a foiled assault on an Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara on October 6 was a member of the Pakistan-based Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD). 

The JuD is a front of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which is headed by Hafiz Mohammad Saeed. 

According to a Hindustan Times report, the National Investigation Agency (NIA), during its probe into the Handwara attack, found that one of the fidayeens was carrying a booklet with a Pakistani mobile number, 3022300405, written on its flap. 

The investigation revealed that the number is associated with two Facebook accounts of Fahad Saqi and a Twitter handle, @saqifahad. 

Moreover, the profile picture of one of the Facebook accounts and Twitter handle are identical, in which alleged Saqi can be seen in uniform and cap with “Security JUDP” – acronym for JuD Pakistan – inscribed on his clothes. 

On October 6, the suicide bombers tried to attack a Rashtriya Rifles camp at Langate in Handwara, but the attempt was as the terrorists were neutralised by security officials. 

Meanwhile, the Truecaller application showed that the mobile number was issued by Pakistani mobile service operator Mobilink and the user’s name was Mnann. 

The investigation claims that most of the accounts followed by Saqi or his followers on Facebook and Twitter appear to be connected to the JuD.

“The NIA has sought details of these accounts of Twitter and Facebook,” Hindustan Times quoted a home ministry official as saying.

The investigators also found a name, Fahadullah, written on the front and back pages of the booklet in English and Urdu. 

“Fahadullah could be the code name given to Saqi by his handlers,” the official said. 

According to the report, the booklet – titled Hasan-ul-Muslim and containing prayers from the Quran – has more evidence linking Saqi with the JuD.  

It was published by Dar-ul-Andalus, whose website is www.dar-ul-Andalusia.com. The address is “4, Lake Road, Chauburji, Lahore”— which is also the address of Masjid al-Qudsia, a mosque where Hafiz Saeed is the chief patron.

The NIA inquiry found that Dar-ul-Andalus is the JuD’s publishing arm and has long been printing its propaganda material

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