New Delhi, Feb 16: Investigations being conducted following the Pulwama attack has revealed that the person who assembled the bomb is from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.
Sources told that the Jaish bomb expert managed to slip out and reach Muzzaffarbad, PoK after he had assembled it in the car, which was detonated before the CRPF bus on Thursday.
While the bomb maker managed to get out of Kashmir, intelligence agencies say that the mastermind of the attack is still in the state. The mastermind identified as Mohammad Umair is still operating in the Pulwama area. An Intelligence Bureau official informed that he had overseen the entire attack and was also the one who masterminded it.
Investigations suggest that nearly 80 kilograms of RDX was used in the attack. The probe agencies are still trying to ascertain as for how to so much explosive was fitted into a vehicle. At first, it was said that the vehicle used by the bomber, Adil Dar was a Scorpio. However further investigations suggest that it could have been either an Alto or Eeco.
According to officials, Umair was trained in Afghanistan. An officer says that this explains why the nature of the attack was such. Vehicle ramming with bombs is reported from countries such as Afghanistan and Syria.
Umair is the nephew of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief, Maulana Masood Azhar. He was sent into Kashmir after another nephew of Azhar, who went by the name Usman Haider was killed in an encounter.