Amarnath attack Mastermind abu ismail killed in encounter

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In Jammu & Kashmir, the mastermind of the Amarnath Yatra attack Abu Ismail was killed along with his accomplice in a brief gunfight in Nowgam area of Srinagar outskirts today afternoon.

This is exactly what General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the south Kashmir-based Victor Force, Major General BS Raju, had to say at the presser held after Ismail's killing in Srinagar on Thursday.

The Army official said synergy between all three agencies including police, CRPF and army would continue and they would continued to launch joint operations against militants.

Following the operation, Muneer Khan, IGP Kashmir, congratulated the security forces, adding that the encounter concluded in just half and hour.

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Sources said after Ismail's killing, the LeT is likely to announce 28-year-old Zeenat-ul-Islam as its new operations chief in Kashmir. According to the reports from Hindustan Times, security forces working in the region received a report from the intelligence department about the presence of terrorists in the region. After the death of Abu Dujana, Abu Ismail was given command of the LeT. In a very brief and crisp encounter, both terrorists were killed. The CRPF along with the Jammu and Kashmir police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Army's Rashtriya Rifles were part of the operation. Security forces killed Dujana in early August.

He said that Ismail is believed to have entered the Valley sometime in August or September past year.

"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT. This operation is a result of people's prayers".

"This success is also important and we are expecting vacuum in the leadership of LeT". He was involved in around 15 criminal cases in the valley which included murder, dacoities and other militancy related incidents. "Priority is to eliminate the militant leadership", said Khan. They were quite active on the national highway connecting Srinagar with South Kashmir.

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