LeT commander behind Amarnath Yatra attack killed

LeT commander behind Amarnath Yatra attack killed

It was on 3 August that Musa owned Ismail's predecessor Dujana and his associate Arif Lelhari stating that "they are the first martyrs of the jihad movement".

Meanwhile, 2G and 3G internet services have been restored in Srinagar, whereas 4G is blocked. However, the services were restored later in the evening.

Abu Ismail was killed by security forces on Thursday, after they tracked his accomplice's mobile phone to Jammu.

He said Ismail was the mastermind of July 10 attack on Amarnath yatris in Botengoo area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district in which eight pilgrims were killed and two dozen others injured. "This operation is a result of people's prayers". The militants targeted the bus when he was returning from Amarnath after returning from the spot.

The Indian specialists said they had been surrounding Abu Ismail as of late. Sharing the details of the operation, he revealed that two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the killed terrorists. Ismail was an A++ category terrorist. The terrorists had also attacked a police party in the district, injuring three policemen.

"But they do not usually make a Kashmiri their commander", the source in the security establishment said. "These commanders are important because they recruit youngsters, lure them to militancy, plan violence and create a mess". "In a very brief encounter, both the terrorists were killed", Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan said in a press conference.

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GoC Victor Force, B S Raju, said it was an extremely important operation.

'Main accused of the Amarnath Yatra attack Abu Ismail along with his associate Abu Kasim have been eliminated in Nowgam, ' Jammu Police Chief SP Vaid announced.

"We are looking at serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities".

Sources in the security and intelligence communities had hinted at some kind of 'one-upmanship' between Ismail and Dujana, who is also known by the name of Hafiz and is considered to be from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

Ismail would be the fourth top militant leader killed in Kashmir since a year ago. A joint operation was launched by 50 Rashtriya Riffles, police and CRPF to hunt down the militants. He said Ismail was involved in the killing of 15 security personnel in the area.

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