Lashkar commander Abu Ismail, involved in Amarnath attack, gunned down in Kashmir encounter
15 September, 2017, 00:30
For a long time, the security forces were looking for Abu Ismail.
Earlier on Thursday, Ismail and another terrorist were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Aarigam, Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar.
The Amarnath attack had left eight people dead and injured at least 18 on July 10.
Ismail was also the operations chief of the LeT in the valley. Abu Ismail was the prime accused in Amarnath Terror Attack.
Earlier in the day, two overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said. "This Operation is a result of people's prayers". "The fire was returned by the troops and in the brief encounter, both militants were killed".
They said that students raised "pro-Pakistan and pro-militant" slogans.
Ismail could be the fourth top militant leader killed in Kashmir since past year.
Abu Ismail was A++ category militant while his associate Abu Qasim was A + militant.
Ismail was gunned down along with another LeT operative during a search operation to flush out terrorists from the area.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday restored the mobile internet service, nearly half an hour after it was blocked in the city. "He was also involved in several other attacks", DGP Kashmir SP Vaid said in the press conference.
"We are expecting a vacuum in the Lashkar now, which should give us more opportunities".
"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT".
According to security officials, they were tipped off about Ismail's presence in the area following which an operation was launched to track and eliminate him and his aides.
On the frequent internet shutdowns during and after encounters, Khan said that it was done because it was an operational requirement.
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