Srinagar: While claiming to have arrested a suspected suicide bomber, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said that they are still verifying whether or not the woman had entered Kashmir Valley for a “suicide bombing” on January 26.
Additional Director General of Police Munir Khan, who serves as the IGP Kashmir, told reporters in Srinagar that they have “fortunately” apprehended the suspected woman late last night.
“Fortunately, yesterday after working on all the leads we were able to apprehend the suspect late last night,” he said, quickly adding they are still verifying whether or not she is a suicide bomber.
“We will be talking to her, talking to our sister agencies, we will be covering every other lead to know what the facts are. Only after proper investigation we will be able to come to any conclusion,” he said.
“It is yet to be verified, authenticated, ascertained, whether she actually is a suicide bomber or not,” added Khan.
A message circulated from the office of Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) to all district police heads and chief of security wing in Kashmir, said “there is a strong input” that an 18-year-old woman non-Kashmiri woman might “cause a suicide bomb explosion” near or inside the R-Day parade in Kashmir.
“All are directed to please ensure that frisking of ladies at the (venues) is done meticulously and with utmost caution so as to thwart the designs of anti-national elements,” read the alert.