The February 14 attack on the CRPF convoy has changed the dynamics of militancy in the Kashmir Valley. At least 44 CRPF jawans were killed and dozens injured in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on the 14th of February.
A 22-year-old Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the attack. Accused of one of the deadliest terrorist attacks the state has ever witnessed, Dar lived just 10 kilometres away from the attack spot in Gundibagh.
According to a report by The Indian Express, till last year, Adil Ahmad Dar (20), a resident of Gundibagh village in Pulwama district of South Kashmir, used to work in a sawmill. On last Thursday, the Jaish-e-Mohammad named him as the suicide bomber behind the attack on the CRPF convoy.
Adil dropped out of Class XII and started to work at a sawmill owned by a neighbour. In March last year, he left his family and joined militancy in the Valley. His father, Ghulam Hassan Dar, is a small-time vendor.
His photo and videos emerged soon after the deadly attack, the worst in decades.
‘I Am Proud’
Jaish released a video of the attacker just minutes after he carried out the dastardly attack in the Pulwama district. In the video, Adil is heard saying that he had joined Jaish’s fidayeen squad a year back and had to wait for nearly a year to carry out the fidayeen attack. “By the time you see this, I will have achieved martyrdom and carried out the fidayeen attack,” he said. On Thursday, Jaish released a video of the attacker.
In the video, Adil is heard saying that he had joined Jaish’s fidayeen squad a year back and had to wait for nearly a year to carry out the fidayeen attack. “By the time you see this, I will have achieved martyrdom and carried out the fidayeen attack,” he said.
So how did the diehard fan turn into a suicide bomber?
He joined a militant group after having been beaten by troops three years ago, his parents told Reuters on Friday.
Dar’s family also said that he was shot in the leg when he took part in the protests following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani in 2016.
His father, Ghulam Hassan Dar, who runs a small shop in Kakapora area, filed a police complaint after he went missing.
But their search reportedly ended after his photograph was posted on social networking platforms, holding an AK-47 and with ‘Waqas Commando’ as his ‘code name’, reported The Indian Express.
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.
In 2017, security forces killed Jaish’s operational chief Khalid in Baramulla.
Our heart goes out for the Jawans of our beloved country and their families who lost their lives as martyrs to save our families.
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