Pulwama bomber’s cousin ferried militants in December too: Officials
Jammu, Feb 2: Sameer Dar, the cousin of the February 2019
Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Dar, has told interrogators that he had dropped a
batch of militants to the Valley in December last year, officials said here on
Sunday, two days after the former was arrested while attempting to ferry JeM
militants to Kashmir.
Sameer was nabbed by police when he was trying to escape
from Nagrota on Friday after Jaish militants opened fire on security forces.
Hailing from Kakpora area of Pulwama district in South
Kashmir, Sameer confessed he had been successful in ferrying JeM militants to
the Kashmir Valley last year and dropped them to Pulwama, the officials said.
Sameer claimed he was not aware about their whereabouts
since but told the interrogators that they were carrying large ammunition
including ‘steel core bullets’ — which can pierce through a normal
This has triggered an alarm bell within the security
establishment especially Border Security Force (BSF), which guards the
International Border with Pakistan, as the force has been maintaining in its
inter-departmental meetings that there has been no infiltration from the
On February 14 last year, Sameer’s cousin Adil blew himself
in an explosive-laden car next to a CRPF bus killing 40 personnel.
Sameer told his interrogators that infiltration from across
the border has been continuing and the militants were fanning in various parts
of the South Kashmir especially in Pulwama and Tral areas, the officials said.
Sameer also told them that the militants were dropped at
Kareemabad in South Kashmir.
He also gave the details of the arms and ammunition being
carried by the militants, indicating that the group also had M-4 carbine and
ammunition of steel core bullets.
The steel core bullet has the capability to pierce through a
static bullet proof bunker used during countermilitancy operations, the
The first assault with such bullet was noticed on the New
Year eve in 2017 when JeM militants had carried out a suicide attack on a CRPF
camp in Lethpora in South Kashmir.
Five personnel of the paramilitary force were killed in the
attack and one of them was hit by a bullet fatally even though he was using a
static bullet-proof shield provided by the Army, officials said.
A thorough inquiry into the attack showed that the bullet
fired by the militant from the assault AK rifle was of steel core.
The AK bullets used in the armoury have a lead core covered
with mild steel which cannot penetrate a bullet proof shield but after December
31, 2017 encounter and subsequent findings, the rules of the proxy-war changed,
the officials said.
A detailed analysis of the previous suicide attacks was
The analysis of the militant attack on district police lines
of Pulwama in South Kashmir in August 2017 showed that ‘steel core’ bullets had
been used by the terrorists in that encounter with security personnel, the
Eight security personnel had lost their lives in the
The ammunition, according to the officials, was being
modified from across the border with the help of Chinese technology of encasing
the bullet with hard steel core.
The officials said the militant carrying M-4 carbine used by
the US-led allied forces in Afghanistan have been extensively trained by the
Pakistan’s external snooping agency ISI and could be used for carrying out
sniper attacks in Kashmir Valley.
The weapons may have changed hands to JeM militant group as
they were fighting along with Talibans in Afghanistan.
The weapons are also used by the special forces of Pakistan