LeT Chief Behind Amarnath Attack, Abu Ismail Killed In Kashmir

Both militants were Pakistani nationals and were killed in a joint operation of army and J&K police on Thursday evening

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. The Jammu and Kashmir police provided the specific intelligence inputs about the pinpoint location of Abu Ismail to the Indian Army, which helped them to trap and neutralise 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".

The Indian authorities said they had been closing in on Abu Ismail in recent days. "After the attack on yatris, every section of people had condemned it and demanded that perpetrators should be brought to justice and today they were brought to justice by security forces", Khan said.

Amarnath terror attack: 8 Hindu civilian pilgrims on the way from Amarnath Temple in Kashmir valley were killed by the militants on 10th July 2017. We killed Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana and now Abu Ismail. Abu Ismail was also involved in other terror attacks in south Kashmir, including several on policemen.

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The IGP of Kashmir has also hailed the security services on the killing of Ismail, who was one of the most-wanted militants in Kashmir.

The slain terrorists have been identified as Abu Ismail and Abu Qasim, alias Chota Qasim, both residents of Pakistan, said the top cop. The CRPF along with the Jammu and Kashmir police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Army's Rashtriya Rifles were part of the operation.

According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, Indian security forces have killed 151 terrorists this year in Kashmir valley alone which is highest since 2010.

Police said that the two militants were involved in the killing of a sarpanch of village Hawoora and weapon snatching incidents and "instigating youth to pelt stones". "You know who are the leaders and they will be our next target", he said. "We are looking at serious deficiencies in the LeT leadership which should give us more opportunities", he said.

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