LeT chief behind Amarnath yatra attack Abu Ismail killed in Kashmir

LeT chief behind Amarnath yatra attack Abu Ismail killed in Kashmir

LeT chief behind Amarnath yatra attack Abu Ismail killed in Kashmir

Abu Ismail had become Lashkar commander in south Kashmir after deposing his predecessor Abu Dujana, who was killed in August soon after he had joined former Hizbul terrorist Zakir Rashid Bhat's newly formed al-Qaeda affiliate - Ansar Ghazwa'tul Hind.

Khan said, "when on July 10 the terrorists carried out an attack on a yatra vehicle leading to killing of eight yatris and 20 others, there was a total condemnation of the act from all section of society". "It is great success for the security forces. This operation is a result of people's prayers". In a recent video message, Musa said that Pakistan betrayed the militants and even got many of them killed while shutting down the training camps after the USA attacked Afghanistan in 2001. This led them to launch a military operation and it saw two terrorists including Abu Ismail being killed in the encounter.

He said Ismail was an "A++" category militant while Qasim was "A+" category, but refused to share further details of the operation. "It is important to neutralise the militant leadership".

The police said both Abu Ismail and Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim were Pakistani nationals, involved in serious militancy-related crimes, including murder and dacoity. He said Ismail was involved in the killing of 15 security personnel in the area.

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Sources in the security and intelligence communities had hinted at some kind of 'one-upmanship' between Ismail and Dujana, who is also known by the name of Hafiz and is considered to be from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Kashmir, Munir Khan, maintained that the focus will be to eliminate the militant leadership. As the security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding terrorists opened fire on the security forces triggering an encounter. "Our targets are only those who aid and assist India in crushing this freedom struggle", Askari said.

His group included 8 to 9 men, consisting of local and foreign terrorists.

Ismail according to police was among the most wanted militants active in the restive region.

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