Amarnath Yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail shot dead in Kashmir

Rosalie Stanley
September 16, 2017

Several militant groups have sprung up, and Indian security forces have tried to wipe them out.

On Thursday evening, Indian powers got a tip that Abu Ismail and an associate, Abu Qasim, were stowing away in a house close Srinagar.

Police claimed recovery of two assault rifles from the spot.

The authorities have blocked 4G mobile internet services in the city following the killing of LeT commander. Security forces killed Dujana in early August.

Ismail was the mastermind of the July 10 attack on a bus carrying Amarnath pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, which left eight pilgrims dead. It resulted in the death of eight people and caused serious injuries to around a dozen pilgrims who were returning from the yatra. "Bodies were recovered from the site of encounter and placed at appropriate place for appropriate disposal", Khan said.

After his name figured as mastermind of the attack, Ismail was on run but under radar of the security forces, another police official said.

The Indian specialists said they had been surrounding Abu Ismail as of late. As many as 58 terrorists have been killed in south Kashmir alone this year. Ismail was an A++ category terrorist.

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"J&K Police was after Ismail since the Amarnath attack".

"We will hunt them also", he said. Meanwhile, protest against the National Investigation Agency raids in Kashmir was held in Maisuma locality of Srinagar soon after the culmination of Friday prayers.

"Militant leadership is important to be neutralised. You can understand the efforts that have been put in to execute this operation", said Munir Ahmad Khan, inspector general of police, Kashmir Zone.

GoC Victor Force, B S Raju, said it was an extremely important operation. He tweeted, "Main accused of Amarnath yatra attack Abu Ismail & his associate Abu Kasim eliminated today in Nowgam".

"We are expecting a vacuum in the LeT leadership now, which should give us more opportunities".

Shesh Paul Vaid, Jammu and Kashmir's Director General of Police confirmed Abu Ismail's killing. He was a Pakistani and is the fourth top militant leader to be killed in the Valley since 2016.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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