<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has taken the custody of the 18-year-old Pakistani terrorist who was captured in Kupwara district on Friday.Identified as Amir of Baldia town, the teen was a part of the same group which was neutralised by the security forces on November 21. Security forces had dealt blow to Lashkar-e-Taiba when they killed three newly infiltrated Pakistani terrorists in a surgical operation in Magam area of Handwara.However, during the follow up mopping and sanitising operation, security forces apprehended the Pakistani intruder who was hiding in the jungles after his three associates were killed. The arrest comes against the backdrop of the release of Mumbai attack mastermind and LeT founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed from house arrest in Pakistan, triggering strong condemnation by India.“He (Amir) has been handed over to the NIA. They are investigating the matter now”, said Vidhi Kumar Birdhi, deputy inspector general of police, North Kashmir Range.It is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. On July 26, 2016, the Indian army arrested 22-year-old Bahadur Ali, alias Saifullah of Lahore on the Line of Control in Nougam sector of Kupwara district.Last year on June 21, Abu Ukasha, alias Hanzullah of Bhawalpur in Pakistan was arrested during a routine patrol in Lolaab area. The 19-year-old LeT terrorist was buying groceries when a police party grew suspicious of him.On May 14, 2016, the state police caught a top Jaish-e-Mohammad suicide bomber in Baramulla. In February last year, the police arrested 17-year-old JeM terrorist Sidiq Gujjar, alias Shahid of Sialkot in Pakistan, along with three local ultras.LeT’s Mohammed Naveed, alias Usman of Faisalabad, Pakistan, was captured after he and his associate Noman attacked a BSF convoy near Narsoo Nallah in Udhampur on August 5, 2015.PRIZED CATCHAccording to officials, it is not the first time a Pakistani terrorist has been arrested, though it is very rare that a foreign militant is captured alive in Kashmir. Such arrests help Indian agencies gain more insight into the operations of terror outfits.

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NIA takes custody of captured Pak terrorist