The killing of top LeT commander Abu Ismail and his Pakistani associate on Thursday is a major setback for the terror outfit, the Jammu and Kashmir Police said. An accomplice of Ismail's in the July 10 terror attack too was killed in the brief encounter.
"As the security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding militants opened fire at the surrounding security forces triggering an encounter".
"Amarnath Yatra (pilgrimage) attack mastermind terrorist Abu Ismael killed in an encounter at Aarigam, Nowgam", Indian army spokesman Aman Anand told AFP via text message.
On July 10, Lashkar terrorists had attacked a bus carrying pilgrims in Batengo area of the Srinagar-Jammu highway, leaving eight pilgrims dead.
A top Lashkar commander, who was one of the main accused in the Amarnath attacks that resulted in the deaths of 8 and injuries to 18, was killed by security forces in Nowgam. An associate of his was also killed in the encounter.
He said that two AK-47 rifles were recovered from the possession of the slain militants. "The terrorist leadership has to be eliminated because they also misguide our children and lure them into this".
LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi, while condemning the attack on pilgrims, has said, "It is against Islamic teachings".
"We killed Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana and now Abu Ismail".
Ismail is the fourth top terrorist killed in Kashmir since past year. Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been blocked in Srinagar, as per ANI.
"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT. He was also involved in other hit and run attacks", he said.
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.
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