Owner of car used for Lethpora suicide attack joins ‘fidayeen squad’ of Jaish-e-Muhammad

Owner of car used for Lethpora suicide attack joins ‘fidayeen squad’ of Jaish-e-Muhammad
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Identified as Hafiz Sajad Bhat alias Afzal Guroo, resident of Anantnag district

Anantnag: A youth from Anantnag district whose car — the National Investigation Agency (NIA) says — was used for the Lethpora attack of February 14 has joined the “Fidayeen squad” of Jaish-e-Muhammad, as announced by his photos released on social media on Monday.
The youth has been identified as Hafiz Sajad Bhat alias Afzal Guroo, son of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, a resident of Marhama village near Sangam in Anantnag district of south Kashmir.
Hafiz’s pictures, with an AK-47 and Jaish flags flanking the walls around him, went viral today over social media platforms including Facebook and Whatsapp.
At around the same time, the NIA issued a handout claiming a significant breakthrough in the Lethpora attack case, which had left at least 49 CRPF men slain and as many injured.
The agency said that they have identified the vehicle, a Maruti Suzuki Eeco, bearing Chassis number MA3ERLF1S00183735, used to carry the bomb which was detonated by a Jaish militant Adil Ahmad Dar in Lethpora on the national highway.
“The car was first sold in the year 2011 to one Jaleel Ahmad Haqqani, a resident of Heevan colony on outskirts of Anantnag town,” the NIA said.
The car, however, had changed many hands (seven to be precise) to be finally owned by Hafiz Sajad Ahmad Bhat of Marhama — a former student of Siraj ul Uloom seminary in Shopian district.
A senior police official from Anantnag district told Kashmir Reader that police started a hunt to nab Hafiz soon after the inputs were shared by the NIA.
“He however had left home the same day that the blast was carried out in Lethpora,” the police official said, adding that he has not been seen since by anyone known to him.
The development has left the security grid on a high alert given the fact that Hafiz’s picture announced he had joined the “Fidayeen squad” of the Jaish.
“We are minutely looking at the trail left behind by the militants following the attack. We are hopeful we will be able to thwart any future attempts made,” the official told Kashmir Reader.