Pulwama Terror Attack: Who Was Adil Ahmad Dar, Prime Accuse In The Deadliest Attacks?

| February 16 , 2019 , 16:09 IST

Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Adil Ahmad Dar was identified as the suicide bomber who carried out the deadliest terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama, killing nearly 41 CRPF jawans on Thursday.

Also known as "Adil Ahmad Gaadi Takranewala" and "Waqas Commando of Gundibagh", he joined the Pakistan-based terror outfit in April last year.

Adil Ahmad Dar (20), a resident of Gundibagh village in Pulwama district of South Kashmir was a school dropout and used to work in a sawmill. He quit school in March 2017 and a year later, joined the Pakistan-based terror group led by Masood Azhar in the valley.

His father, Ghulam Hassan Dar, is a small-time vendor.

Reportedly, Adil left his home on March 19, 2018, and didn’t return. His friend, Sameer Ahmad, a post-graduate student of Geology at Kashmir University, went missing the same day.

Adil’s family filed a missing person report at the local police station. But their search ended a few days later, when his photograph was posted on social networking sites, brandishing an AK-47 and with the code name ‘Waqas Commando’.

“After leaving home, he met us only once,” Ghulam Hassan Dar told The Indian Express.

“His cousin was a militant, who was killed just 11 days after joining them,” he added.

According to his family, Adil was shot in the leg when he took part in the protests that rocked the Valley following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani in 2016.

Reports suggest Adil Ahmad lived only 10 km away from the spot where he smashed his car packed with explosives into a security convoy on Thursday.

A video of Adil Ahmad was released by Jaish-e-Mohammed just minutes after he carried out the dastardly attack in the Pulwama district. In the video, shot sometime before Adil went on the fedayeen mission, he addressed the Kashmiri people and said, "The war that they can't win with force, they are trying to win by compromising your belief. They want to mislead you from the etiquettes of Islam. They want to mislead you from the path of Islam by luring you with worldly pleasures."

The bomber introduced himself and then went on an anti-India rant, "My name is Adil, I joined the Jaish-e-Mohammad a year ago. After a year's wait, I have got the chance to do what I joined the Jaish for... By the time this video reaches you, I will be in heaven... this is my last message for the people of Kashmir."

He is armed with rifles and standing in front of what appear to be Jaish-e-Mohammad banners in the video.

Last year, security forces had claimed a big win after Mohammad Usman, believed to be the head of the module behind sniper attacks on forces in the Kashmir Valley, was killed by security men. Usman was the nephew of Moulana Masood Azhar, the chief of Jaish-e-Mohammad.

In 2017, security forces killed Jaish's operational chief Khalid in Baramulla.

According to the police, Adil Ahmad Dar is the third local "fidayeen" or suicide terrorist recruited by the Jaish-e-Mohammad for a big suicide attack.

Reportedly, the others were Fardeen Ahmad Khan, 16, of Tral and 17-year-old Afaq Ahmad Shah.

Fardeen was killed on December 31, 2017, when he, along with three foreign militants, sneaked into the CRPF training center at Lethpora and killed five personnel.