Srinagar hospital terror attack kingpin identified, joined Hizbul Mujahideen after escape

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Srinagar hospital terror attack kingpin identified, joined Hizbul Mujahideen after escape 

The kingpin of Srinagar hospital terror attack has been identified. He is believed to have joined Hizbul Mujahideen after attack.

The alleged kingpin of the Tuesday's terror attack on Srinagar's SMHS Hospital to free Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Naveed Jatt was today identified by the Jammu and Kashmir police. Named Hilala Ahmed Rather, he is believed to have joined Hizbul Mujahideen after fleeing the terror attack site in Srinagar two days ago.

Hilal could be seen in a CCTV footage waiting for the arrival of Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist Naveen Jatt outside SMHS Hospital. A photograph of Hilal Ahmed Rather of Begumbagh Kakapora has gone viral on social media showing him with an assault AK 47 rifle.

The CCTV footage shows Hilal following the cops outside SMHS Hospital along with prisoner terrorist Naveed Ahmed Jatt alias Abu Hanzulla. Later, a terrorist attack was carried out under whose cover Naveed Jatt escaped.

Two cops - head constable Mushtaq Ahmed of Karnah and Babar Khan of Shangus Anantnag - were killed in the shootout while the prisoner militant escaped from the custody. Investigating agencies have reached at the conclusion that Hilal Ahmed Rather was the kingpin of the hospital attack.

The police today said, "We have complete CCTV footage in which Hilal is visible waiting for the Lashker terrorist. They see each other as Naveed was being proceeded to hospital. He follows them and shoots cops inside the hospital."

"Then he, with help of other guy, fled on bike keeping Naveed in centre of the bike. Hilal Hails from Kakpora Pulwama and proceeded there after hospital shootout," police said.

Responding to a question, the police said that CCTV cameras were available everywhere and within minutes, security agencies got clue that Naveed left on bike.

However, it is not clear as to why bike was not chased or intercepted in 45 km long drive from Srinagar to Pulwama while several police and CRPF checks were placed all along the road starting just outside the site of shootout.

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