Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail shot dead in Kashmir

Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail shot dead in Kashmir

Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail shot dead in Kashmir

Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander and mastermind behind the attacks on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims was killed in Nowgam in a military operation.

Srinagar:Authorities in Srinagar on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of the city to prevent protests against the killing of top LeT commander Abu Ismail.

On July 10, militants had attacked a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims near Batingoo Anantnag, leaving eight passengers dead and 19 injured, triggering outrage across the country. According to IE, the jihadists have been blaming each other for the killings of top terror commanders by security forces this year.

The security forces in J & K have received great success today. "This operation is a result of people's prayers". Amarnath terror attack mastermind Abu Ismail have been gunned down at Nowgam in Jammu & Kashmir encounter.

He said Ismail was an "A++" category militant while Qasim was "A+" category, but refused to share further details of the operation. "You can understand the efforts that have been put in to execute this operation", said Munir Ahmad Khan, inspector general of police, Kashmir Zone.

He said that Ismail is believed to have entered the Valley sometime in August or September previous year. He was involved in around 15 criminal cases in the valley which included murder, dacoities and other militancy related incidents.

The security forces had recently released a list of Grade A++ terrorists in the Valley. "It is important to neutralise the militant leadership".

LeT has been blamed for a string of deadly attacks inside India, most notably the Mumbai carnage in November 2008 when heavily armed gunmen battled commandos on the streets of the financial capital, killing 166 people.

When asked who their next "target" is, Khan said, "It's not about the next target".

"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT".

The Special Operation Group (SOG) of Jammu and Kashmir Police based in Shopian had information about the presence of militants and shared it with their counterparts in Srinagar.

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