IGP Kashmir calls for terrorist leadership's elimination as it misguides kids

Jonathan Hernandez
September 16, 2017

"Abu Ismail was killed in a brief gunfight at Nowgam along with his aide".

Police claimed recovery of two assault rifles from the spot.

Mobile Internet services in Srinagar have been blocked following the killing of the LeT commander "as a precautionary measure" to prevent a law and order situation arising. However, the services were restored later in the evening. For a long time, the security forces were looking for Abu Ismail.

"Huge achievement for police and SF (security forces)", Jammu and Kashmir police said, adding that he was the architect of the deadly attack on Amarnath Yatra in which seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 were injured. These militants had been the prime targets since the July attack for security agencies.

Echoing similar sentiments, Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Police (DGP) S. P. Vaid said, "The police was after him since Amarnath attack took place".

He said the operation to track Abu Ismail needed a lot of meticulous intelligence, patience and planning.

Two foreign militants, both Pakistani nationals, were killed. Ismail was an A++ category terrorist. Police had already arrested three local co-conspirators who had provided logistical support to the group of attackers on Amarnath Yatra bus.

'Caught by surprise mainly due to the speed with which the cordon was done, they also started retaliating. "These commanders are important because they recruit youngsters, lure them to militancy, plan violence and create a mess".

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir range, Muneer Ahmad Khan, said that the killing of Ismail was a major success for the security forces. 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.

GoC Victor Force, B S Raju, said it was an extremely important operation.

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