Militant killed in Kulgam encounter had plans for Pulwama-like fidayeen attack

One of the three Jaish-e-Mohammad militants killed in an encounter in Kulgam district last week had plans to carry out a suicide attack similar to the February 14 Pulwama strike, according to a purported video of the militant in which he spoke about such a plot.

The three militants killed in the encounter in Turigam area of Kulgam district on February 24 belonged to Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and were identified as Raqib Ahmad, a resident of Shiganpora, and Waleed and Numan of Pakistan.
A purported video of Rafiq, shot before he was killed, went viral on social media on Saturday.

In the clip, he spoke about his plans to carry out a ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attack on forces.
“I will be in heaven by the time this video reaches you,” Rafiq said in the over six-minute video in which he glorified militant attacks involving suicide bombers.

The video is similar to the one that surfaced immediately after the Pulwama attack in which JeM suicide bomber Adil Ahmad Dar claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack on CRPF bus.
A police official said they were ascertaining the veracity of the video.