Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail, the mastermind behind the 10 July attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar on Thursday, police said.
“As the security forces tightened the cordon, the militants opened fire at them triggering an encounter”.
“Abu Ismail was killed in a brief gunfight at Nowgam along with his aide”, IG CRPF Inspector General Ravideep Sahi said.
According to police officials, Ismail was active in South Kashmir for almost a year, and was involved in a number of militant attacks including the attack at a DPS building as well as the attacks on forces on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway. He has been identified as Chhota Qasim. “Both have been neutralised and the bodies have been taken for identification”, he said. He has also been involved in many other militant attacks in J&K.
The terrorists had also attacked a police party in the district, injuring three policemen.
Abu Ismail was gunned down by security forces in Naugam region.
“The Jammu and Kashmir Police was after him since Amarnath attack took place”.
The internet services were blocked for a short period as a precautionary measures in Srinagar. He is the fourth A++ terrorist to be killed in Kashmir in recent months after Abu Dujana, Sabzar Bhat and Burhan Wani.
IB officials say that the investigations suggested that Ismail had activated the over ground operatives of the Lashkar in the Valley to carry out the attack.