Sunday, 24 September, 2017

Amarnath attack mastermind LeT commander Abu Ismail among 2 terrorists killed

Indian Army Takes Note Of Video Showing Soldiers'Dishonouring Militant Abu Ismail's Body Kashmir: Suspected Amarnath attack mastermind Abu Ismail and another militant killed in encounter
Elias Hubbard | 16 September, 2017, 01:15

The gunfight broke at Aerbagh area in Nowgam after a joint team of police and security forces conducted an operation following specific information about the movements of the terrorists.

Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said: "Police was after him for quite some time and finally we have been able to gun him down". In what is being deemed as a success by the security forces in Kashmir, militants are now surrendering in increasing numbers before the police. Before killing Ismail, they had neutralised Abu Qasim and Abu Dujana within two years, Lashkar's former commanders both of whom had been active for several years in Kashmir. They said with his killing there would be a vacuum in the LeT leadership that would provide an opportunity to the security forces.

Ismail had taken over the command of LeT after the elimination of Abu Dujana on August 1.

Eight pilgrims were killed and at least two dozen others injured in the attack.

Police last month said their investigations found that the LeT and Kashmiri accomplices were behind the July 10 attack that saw militants open fire on a bus carrying Hindus, who were returning from the annual Amarnath pilgrimage.

On July 12, Security forces had launched a massive hunt to track down Abu Ismail.

The Indian authorities said they had been closing in on Abu Ismail in recent days.

It is believed Ismail was helped by members of another militant group Hizbul Mujahideen, which provided logistics during the attack, a report by the Financial Express said.

When asked who their next "target" is, Khan said, "It's not about the next target". It now has no known faces apart from local boy Zeenat-ul-Islam left in the group.

"We are going after the militant leadership as eliminating the leadership is important".

Zeenat, 28, hails from Sugan Zanipura in south Kashmir's Shopian area and is an expert in improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

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