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Pulwama Attack: Investigation points to Rawalpindi connection

Pulwama-agencies
Pulwama terrorist attack which left 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel dead.
NEW DELHI: India is documenting evidence picked up during the ongoing probe to nail Pakistan’s direct involvement in the Pulwama terrorist attack which left 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel dead.

According to people aware of the matter, the investigation has established Pakistan’s involvement in the attack given the use of an improvised explosive device owned by the proscribed, Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Further, they said, it has been found that the terrorists made calls to their handlers in Rawalpindi.

An official of a security agency told ET on condition of anonymity that India primarily wants to share the evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack at international fora and give a fresh push to putting Jaish and its chief Masood Azhar on the United Nations’ list of global terrorists. The US has also asked Pakistan to give up its resistance on UN blacklisting of the terrorist group and its chief.

The NIA and J&K Police are also working on inputs that the explosive, which was stuffed in a Maruti Suzuki Eeco van, was physically brought from the across the border by couriers in backpacks. Before using the van in blasts, its chassis number, registration and other identification marks were defaced.
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