Kishtwar: In a major breakthrough in the case of the murder of two BJP leaders in Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir Police along with National Investigation Agency (NIA) have arrested three persons for providing shelter and helping two newly-recruited terrorists.

Official sources in NIA told MyNation that two newly-recruited terrorists are believed to be behind the killings. One of them is identified as Osama. He joined the terror ranks early this year and was desperate to become commander of the terror outfit "Lashkar" in Kishtwar since long.

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"Osama, a local resident and son of a teacher has carried out a terror attack to become commander of the outfit", an NIA source said.

Security agencies probing the killing of Parihar brothers Anil and Ajeet revealed that the link of Osama in this terror attack was established after a SIM card being used by the local terrorist revealed his location at the area of the incident on the evening of the day the attack was carried out.

On November 1, Anil Parihar and his brother Ajeet were shot dead by terrorists in Kishtwar district.

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An officer, who is part of the probe team, on the condition of anonymity, told MyNation that the SIM card which was being used by Osama was issued in the name of a "mentally unsound" lady and was given to the sister of Osama who later gave the SIM card to Osama for use. He was using the same number to contact his counterparts Over Ground Workers.

The police have also arrested two local residents named Parvez and Naseer who gave information seven days prior to carrying out the attack on two BJP leaders. NIA has also arrested one local contractor who is believed to have ferried this terrorist, has also been arrested.

The security agencies are also probing the angle of involvement of another terrorist who accompanied Osama.

"Terrorists have been holding recruitments in the town and the group that carried out the attack was in town for past several days," NIA sources said.