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NIA takes over Pulwama attack probe

The National Investigation Agency will probe the planning and execution of the terror attack, the second such in three decades of militancy in Jammu and Kashmir.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday took over the probe into the February 14 terror attack in Pulwama from the Jammu and Kashmir police, officials said.

The NIA has re-registered the case and formed a team to probe the planning and execution of the terror strike, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, an NIA spokesperson in New Delhi said.

The State police had registered a case at the Awantipora police station.

The NIA had gathered explosive material from the blast site at Lethpora in south Kashmir and involved in the questioning of around a dozen people detained by the police. It had also met senior police, intelligence and Army officers to gather whatever evidence they have, officials said.

On Monday, three JeM terrorists were killed in a 16-hour operation in Pulwama’s Pinglan area, 12 km from the spot of the February 14 attack. An Army Major and four security personnel also lost their lives.

Police and the Army announced on Tuesday that these terrorists were responsible for last Thursday’s attack.

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