Published On: Thu, Sep 14th, 2017

Top LeT terrorist Abu Ismail, aide killed in encounter in Kashmir’s Nowgam

Srinagar: What could be viewed as a major success for the security forces, dreaded Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists Abu Ismail, who was the “architect of Amarnath Yatra attack”, was killed on Thursday in a fierce encounter with security forces in Aribagh area of Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar.

The police official said that the bodies of both the terrorists have been recovered

According to a senior police official, top LeT terrorist Abu Ismail was a Pakistani national and was active in the Kashmir valley for a very long time was killed along with his accomplice in Nowgam.

Considering it to be a huge achievement, the police said that acting on a specific intelligence input, the security forces comprising the Army, CRPF and the SOG of the state police cordoned off the area where Ismail was hiding along with his accomplice.

“As the security forces closed in, the hiding terrorists resorted to heavy firing to break the security cordon and escape but luck ran out and both the terrorists were gunned down after a brief encounter,” said the police official.

Reming that the Ismail was the architect of the deadly attack on Amarnath Yatra in which seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 were injured, the police official said that the killing of the LeT terrorists was a big blow for the terrorists operating in the Kashmir vallley as Ismail was the main recruiter of locals into the LeT and their subsequent training.

The police official said that the bodies of both the terrorists have been recovered.

Apart from Abu Ismail, his associate killed in the encounter has also been identified as Chotta Qasim. He too is a Pakistan national, added the police official.

He said that following the attack on Amarnath yatris, the security forces had launched a massive hunt to track down Abu Ismail.

Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, the internet service in the area has been suspended.

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