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NIA arrests JeM operative for 2017 terror attack on CRPF camp

NEW DELHI: The NIA on Saturday arrested an operative of Pakistan-based terror staff Jaish-e-Muhammed in reference to the 2017 terror assault on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir, officials here mentioned.

Syed Hilal Andrabi, 35, of Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, was produced before a court docket which sent him to 5 days' police custody, they mentioned.

He was arrested from Jammu via the National Investigation Agency (NIA) in reference to the assault on the CRPF camp at Lethpora in South Kashmir on December 30, 2017, during which five workforce had been martyred. Three Jaish-e-Muhammed terrorists had been killed all the way through the 36-hour-long gunfight.

The UN-proscribed JeM had sent two suicide attackers to the camp, including the 16-year-old son of a policeman who had joined the outfit a couple of months before the assault.

An energetic over flooring worker of the JeM, Andrabi is a key conspirator who supplied logistic enhance in the type of sheltering the terrorists and undertaking reconnaissance of the CRPF staff centre before the assault, the NIA mentioned.

With his arrest, the overall choice of accused arrested in the case has risen to 4, it mentioned.

Andrabi's arrest got here days after Nisar Ahmed Tantray, whose brother Noor Trali is thought to have helped revive the JeM in Jammu and Kashmir, was arrested via the NIA after being deported from the UAE in the similar case.

Earlier closing month, the NIA arrested Fayaz Ahmed Magray from Pulwama for allegedly being the "key conspirator" of the 2017 assault and accused him of providing logistical enhance comparable to refuge to the militants and undertaking reconnaissance of the CRPF Group Centre, Lethpora before the assault.

The JeM has claimed accountability for the February 14 assault on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama, during which 40 workforce had been killed.

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