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NIA Releases Two Pakistani Schoolboys who were Arrested in Connection With Uri AttackNIA Releases Two Pakistani Schoolboys who were Arrested in Connection With Uri Attack

An Indian Army soldier guards the line of control. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) (Representative image)

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New Delhi: The National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Wednesday released two Pakistani schoolboys, who were arrested in connection with Uri terror attack after no incriminating evidence was found against them.

NIA handed over the two schoolboys, Ahsan Khursheed and Faisal Hussain Awan, to Jammu-based Army corps who would, in turn, facilitate their return to Pakistan.

Ahasan and Awan were detained by Indian Army on September 21, 3 days after Uri attack and handed over to NIA.

A source in the NIA had earlier confirmed to CNN-News18 that boys had strayed into the Indian side on the Line of control (LoC), and will be handed over to Pakistan once the court formalities were over.

Tensions have been simmering between India and Pakistan along the LoC ever since the four heavily-armed fidayeen attacked an Indian post on September 18, 2016, leaving 19 soldiers dead and 20 injured.

Soon after the attack, the army claimed that the attack was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and that Ahasan and Faisal had confessed to being the members of the group. The army also said the teenagers had confessed that were guides for the 4 terrorists, who had carried out the attack.

The NIA investigation has now established that the attack was carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and not JeM. On condition of anonymity, NIA officers, who are part of the investigation, had earlier told CNN-News18 that these boys were schoolgoers from the Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) — who could have crossed over inadvertently, and then confessed under duress.

First Published: March 8, 2017, 4:34 PM IST


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