Four key suspects arrested, Breakthrough in Srinagar hospital terror attack case

Srinagar: In a major breakthrough in Tuesday’s Srinagar hospital attack case, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have arrested four key conspirators.

Reports said police carried out searches and raids in connection with the shootout at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital and nabbed four suspects. The arrests were made from south Kashmir. A fifth key suspect has also been identified.

The Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) has already claimed responsibility for the attack on the SMHS Hospital, in which two policemen were killed and a Pakistani terrorist named Mohammed Naveed Jhutt alias Abu Hanzala managed to escape from police custody.

On Tuesday, terrorists belonging to the LeT had opened fire at a police team inside the SMHS Hospital complex in a high security area of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital, freeing a “hardcore” Pakistani terrorist and killing two policemen

The daring attack inside the premises of Srinagar’s main hospital ended with the terrorists escaping into the narrow lanes and bylanes of downtown Srinagar.

Naveed, the 22-year-old LeT militant from Pakistan who was caught in Kulgam in south Kashmir in 2014, had managed to escape with the assailants.

Naveed, a school dropout from Borevella district of Multan in the Pakistan Punjab, is believed to be involved in multiple attacks. These include an attack on the Army in Hyderpora in the city, an attack on the Silver Star hotel along the national highway outside Srinagar and three attacks on police and CRPF camps in south Kashmir. He was arrested on August 26, 2014.

The militant had undergone intensive training and was good in handling equipment like compasses, GPS, wireless sets and mobile phones installed with Skype software, an official said.

Jammu and Kashmir police wanted to shift him along with five other prisoners from Srinagar jail to other high security jails outside the Valley but was disallowed from doing so by the sessions court on December 26, 2017.

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