Pune: Female suicide bomber detained in Kashmir, links to ISIS unearthed

Updated: Jan 26, 2018, 21:19 IST | Suraj Ojha

Sadia's parents had approached the ATS after noticing certain changes in her behaviour

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Kashmir police have detained a Pune based an alleged female suicide bomber. In that context, the Kashmir police have contacted the Pune police about the whereabouts of a Pune girl, Sadia Anwar Shaikh. According to intelligence inputs, Shaikh is suspected to have planned a terror act in Kashmir ahead of Republic Day.

While Talking to Mid-Day's Ravindra Kadam, the joint commissioner of police law and order Pune said," As of now we do not have received any official Intimation from Kashmir police. We contacted the girl’s parents, who denied that their daughter was in touch with ISIS, claiming that she is in Maharashtra where she was sent for studies,"

According to sources, in 2015, Maharashtra ATS had attempted to de-radicalise her when she allegedly came in contact with ISIS's online recruiters. Further, Sadia’s parents had approached the ATS after noticing certain changes in her behaviour, which alarmed them.

The Pune police visited her house and though she is not in the city, her parents have claimed that she is busty with her studies. Her parents don’t want to reveal her location fearing that the police or media would try to contact her. According to her mother, she is safe and is not in touch with ISIS.

Munir Khan ADG of Jammu and Kashmir police said,"A lady who is suspected to be a suicide bomber has been apprehended, we will verify facts and talk to her, only then can we come to a conclusion." Intelligence agencies had alerted J&K security agencies about 18-year-old human suicide bomber Sadia Sheikh from Pune who had reached Kashmir to launch attack in view of 26 January

Sadia Shaikh was a student at Saint Philips School in Yerwada, she had a modern lifestyle but she suddenly started to wear traditional dresses with hijab. Her parents got suspicious and contacted the Pune ATS. During the investigation, the ATS found out that the girl had contacted ISIS through social media. The girl also revealed that she was promised a seat in a medical college in Syria by ISIS. Since she was a minor, the ATS could not detain her. However, the ATS tried to de-radicalise her with the help of local Maulavis.

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