Amarnath terror attack mastermind and Lashkar commander Abu Ismail and one of his associate were today killed in an encounter with the security forces in Nowgam village of Anantnag district in Kashmir, according to ANI. “This is a huge achievement. The terrorist was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra,” DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar told the news agency.
Addressing a press conference, IGP Kashmir, Muneer Khan said: “Two AK 47 rifels were recovered.” “I take this opportunity to congratulate team. This operation is a result of people prayers,” Muneer Khan said. “Militant leadership has to be eliminated because they also misguide our children and lure them into this,” he added. BS Raju, GOC Victor Force, said “Operation was important because we are expecting vacuum in the top leadership of LeT.” DGP Kashmir, SP Vaid, said Ismail was also involved in several other attacks. Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been restored in Srinagar, as per ANI.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed while 19 others were injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on the night of July 10 this year. This was the deadliest terror attack on the annual pilgrimage since the year 2001. Among the casualties, five of the deceased were from Gujarat and two from Maharashtra. The bus bearing the registration number GJ09Z 9976 was attacked at around 8.20 pm near Khanabal when it was on its way to from Srinagar Jammu, police said, as per PTI.
Police, however, said the bus was not a part of the yatra convoy which is being provided elaborate security. Top government officials had said the bus driver had violated rules for the pilgrimage as no yatra vehicle should be on the highway after 7 pm as the security cover is withdrawn after that, according to PTI.
This is a huge achievement. The terrorist was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra: DG CRPF Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar on Abu Ismail pic.twitter.com/VhaOH1W1HD
— ANI (@ANI) September 14, 2017
The terrorists first attacked a bullet-proof bunker of the police at Botengoo, a police official said, adding it was retaliated. There were no injuries in this attack. Thereafter the terrorists fired on a police picket near Khannabal, the police added. When the police retaliated, the militants fled, firing indiscriminately in which the bus carrying the yatris got it, the report said. Police have said that “unknown gunmen” first opened fire at the bus, near Habba Khaton petrol pump, while it was returning from Amarnath to Jammu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack saying, “Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath Yatris in J&K. The attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.” “My thoughts are with all those who lost their loved ones in the attack in J&K. My prayers with the injured,” he wrote on Twitter. The then Defence Minister Arun Jaitley termed the attack as the “most reprehensible act” and said, “This incident should add to our determination to eliminate terrorism.” The attack was condemned by other leaders as well.