Terrorist Abu Ismail Killed by Indian Forces

Terrorist Abu Ismail Killed by Indian Forces

Another terrorist was also killed in the encounter that took place in Nowgam on the outskirts of Srinagar.

According to sources, the police had information that the terrorists were holed up in a house in Arigam and launched an operation to neutralise them. The IGP said that Abu Ismail was involved in 15 FIRs.

Khan said the other terrorist has been identified as Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim.

Ismail was the mastermind of the 10 July attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district.

An army source in south Kashmir maintained that Ismail's first footprints in the Valley can be traced to the December 17 attack past year on an army convoy in Kadlabal area of Pampore, which left 3 army men dead.

Meanwhile, the authorities have blocked 4G mobile internet services in the city following the killing of LeT commander. Ismail had replaced LeTs, Abu Dujana, as operational chief in Kashmir after Dujana sided himself with Musa.

Abu Ismail was portrayed by the experts as the "driving force" of an assault in July on a transport of Hindu explorers who were going by a mountain altar in Kashmir, an assault that left eight individuals dead. He was also the alleged mastermind behind the terror attack in a school in Srinagar on 25 June this year and another one at Pantha Chowk on 1 September. Indian forces have claimed Ismail belonged to Pakistan and was the operations chief of terror outfit Lashkar-e-toiba (LeT). The two terrorists were planning a big militant strike in Kashmir after having moved to Srinagar. "These commanders are important because they recruit youngsters, lure them to militancy, plan violence and create a mess". "You know who are the leaders and they will be our next target", he said.

"We are looking at serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities".

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