Lashkar com­man­der be­hind Amarnath yatra at­tack killed

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SRI­NA­GAR: Abu Is­mail, a Lashkar-etaiba ter­ror­ist who is be­lieved to have planned the at­tack in July on Amarnath pil­grims, has been killed in a brief en­counter with se­cu­rity forces in Nowgam on the out­skirts of Sri­na­gar. The 26-year-old Pak­istani na­tional had in­fil­trated into In­dia about two years ago and had re­cently taken charge of the Lashkar’s op­er­a­tions in the Kash­mir val­ley.

Thurs­day’s operation, in which an­other Pak­istani ter­ror­ist called Abu Kasim was also killed, was de­scribed by the police as “brief and crisp”. It was jointly con­ducted by the Army, para­mil­i­tary force CRPF and the state police and a top of­fi­cer said “fab­u­lous in­tel­li­gence” helped cor­ner Is­mael and his as­so­ci­ate, who were hid­ing in a house.

As the se­cu­rity forces tight­ened their cor­don, the ter­ror­ists opened fire.

“It hardly took us half-an-hour or so to com­plete the ops. Abu Is­mail and Abu Kasim were both killed. They were run­ning for their lives and were cor­nered in Sri­na­gar,” said In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Police, Kash­mir, Muneer Khan.

Eight pil­grims had died and 13 were in­jured in the at­tack on a bus car­ry­ing Amarnath pil­grims from Gu­jarat and Maharashtra, when ter­ror­ists sur­rounded it from all sides and opened fire on July 10. Abu Is­mail was also in­volved in other ter­ror at­tacks in south Kash­mir, in which a to­tal 14 se­cu­rity per­son­nel were killed. The police said he was named in 15 crim­i­nal cases in the val­ley, in­clud­ing those of mur­der and da­coity.

Abu Du­jana, the man Abu Is­mail had re­placed as the Lashkar’s top oper­a­tive in Kash­mir, was killed by se­cu­rity forces last month.

Two AK 47s ri­fles were re­cov­ered from the ter­ror­ists killed on Thurs­day.

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