From Pathankot to Pulwama: The Sordid Rise of Masood Azhar

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From Pathankot to Pulwama: The Sordid Rise of Masood Azhar

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

 

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n May 11, 2000, a 17-year-old Class 12 student from Srinagar Aafaq Ahmed Shah rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the gates of Srinagar-based 15 Corps headquarters. That was the first-ever suicide car bomb attack in the Valley, which marked the arrival of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). Yesterday, almost two decades later, a similar attack was carried out on a CRPF convoy. An SUV filled with 350 kg of explosives, driven by 19-year-old Adil Ahmed Dar, rammed a bus ferrying jawans in Pulwama killing at least 42 of them and injuring 40 others. JeM claimed responsibility for the killings.

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