A BSF jawan was killed after Pakistani troops violated ceasefire in Arnia area of Jammu and Kashmir’s RS Pura sector, ANI reported. It has been learnt that the jawan was injured after Pakistani troops resorted to shelling. He succumbed to his injuries, the report said. The jawan was identified as Ct Brijendra Bahadur Singh. One civilian was also injured. This comes after Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander who masterminded the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in July, was killed by security forces yesterday along with another Pakistani terrorist, according to PTI report.
The two were gunned down after a brief encounter that saw the duo running for their lives. “On specific information, a joint operation was launched in Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar city. It was around 4:15 pm that a contact was established with the two hiding terrorists in a house there. In a very brief encounter, both the terrorists were killed,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Munir Khan was quoted as saying by PTI.
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He was addressing a joint press conference along with general officer commanding of the Army’s Victor Force, Major General B S Raju, and IG CRPF Ravideep Singh Sahi.
Khan said the other terrorist has been identified as Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim.
“The bodies of the slain terrorists have been kept at the appropriate place for appropriate disposal,” he said.
The IGP said two AK rifles, UBGLs and other material were recovered from them.
He said Ismail was involved in 15 cases including the July 10 attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district which left eight of them dead.
“After the elimination of Abu Dujana, he (Ismail) had taken over as the chief of LeT in the valley. He was involved in around 15 criminal cases in valley which included murder, dacoities and other militancy related incidents. So, I compliment our teams for executing a wonderful operation with no collateral damage,” Khan said.
“The day they (militants) killed yatris, the people said that such they should be brought to justice and today they have been brought to justice. It is a great success for the security forces. A chapter of these terrorists has been closed. Tomorrow will be a new day for us. We will start our work afresh.