NIA arrests JeM operative in Nagrota army camp attack case


New Delhi, The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Saturday arrested Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) operative Syed Muneer -Ul-Hassan Qadri, involved in the Nagrota army camp attack. Qadri was arrested from Lalpora locality of Kupwara in north Kashmir with the help of Jammu and Kasmir police, a NIA statement said. The terrorist attack at the army camp at Nagrota occurred on November 29, 2016 in which seven army personnel, including two officers, were killed after suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades stormed the military base near Jammu. Three attackers were also gunned down on the base campus, while three other militants died in a shootout with security forces near the International Border with Pakistan. Preliminary interrogation of the arrested accused revealed that the attack was carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammad, a banned terror group, in furtherance of a well planned conspiracy from Pakistan, the NIA said. The accused revealed that he along with other valley based JeM operatives were in touch with the JeM leadership in Pakistan and had received a freshly infiltrated group of three Pakistani terrorists from the Samba sector a day before the attack. "They subsequently stayed at a hotel in Jammu and then left the attackers at Nagrota outside the army camp late at night and proceeded to the Kashmir valley,” the NIA statement said. Further interrogation of the accused was continuing, the NIA added.