Abu Ismail, Lashkar Terrorist Behind Attack On Amarnath Yatris, Killed

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Read Also: Amarnath yatra attack mastermind Abu Ismail killed in Nowgam encounter The train service remained suspended across Kashmir Valley. Accordingly, a naka was laid at Arigam area in Nowgam.

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

It was on 3 August that Musa owned Ismail's predecessor Dujana and his associate Arif Lelhari stating that "they are the first martyrs of the jihad movement".

Authorities have snapped internet service in Srinagar, fearing it would mobilize people to stage protests.

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". "We will continue these kinds of operations to neutralise the remnant people which should bring some peace and clam in the valley", said Major General Raju. "In a brief, crisp encounter, both terrorists were shot dead", said Khan.

The Indian Express said Ismail shifted his based from Anantnag after the Amarnath attack and kept moving between Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.

Earlier in the day, two overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit were arrested in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said.

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He said the operation to track Abu Ismail needed a lot of meticulous intelligence, patience and planning. It was around 4:15 pm that a contact was established with the two hiding terrorists in a house there. Ismail was an A++ category terrorist. "The terrorist was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra".

'Caught by surprise mainly due to the speed with which the cordon was done, they also started retaliating.

"Militant leadership is important to be neutralised".

Ismail, a 24-year-old Pakistani national, infiltrated into India about two years ago and had been operating in south Kashmir.

"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT". Government forces exploited this rift and killed many top rated militant commanders this year itself.

"The excellent coordination on ground between the security agencies has resulted in positive results and led to killing of top militants", he said.

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