In yet another encounter in the outskirts of Srinagar, Lashkar-e-Taiba commander, Abu Ismail was killed by security forces in Aribagh area of Nowgam. The 26-year old Pakistani national, who is a key player behind the Amarnath Yatra attack, had infiltrated into India about two years ago. Reportedly, Ismail was recently put in charge of LeT’s terror operations in the Kashmir valley.
Following inputs that the Lashkar commander was hiding in the outskirts of the city, Army officials and the police cordoned the area and gunned down two militants including Ismail.
Confirming that armed forces have neutralized Ismail and his accomplice, a Jammu and Kashmir police official was quoted by Times of India, saying, “It is a huge achievement for police and SF (security forces). Bodies of both the terrorists have been recovered. And Ismail’s associate is identified as Chotta Qasim. He is also a Pakistan resident.
In a major terror attack by militants in Kashmir, eight Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra were killed after terrorists surrounded their bus and opened fire. Apart from being the architect of the Amarnath yatra attack, Ismail was also involved in other attacks including many on police officials at the valley. Ismail emerged as the top operative of LeT after security forces executed Abu Dujana last month.
Days back, two Hizbul Mujahideen terrorists have been gunned down at Khudwani in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reportedly, following an intense gunfight which broke out early morning on Monday, armed forces have also arrested an over ground worker (OGW) belonging to the same terrorist outfit. Earlier on Sunday, two terrorists were killed and another caught alive during an encounter at Barbugh village in the Shopian district of Kashmir. According to the police, the teenaged terrorist who has been identified as Adil, 17, had joined the Hizbul Mujahideen group in May. His arrest marks as the first arrest of a militant during an encounter in south Kashmir in recent years.