In a major success for counter-militancy operation, three terrorists, who were involved in Amarnath Yatra attack, were killed by security forces. “With the elimination of Abu Ismail earlier & now these three Abu Mavia , Furkan & Yawar group that attacked Amarnath Yatries is wiped out,” Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu & Kashmir Shesh Paul Vaid tweeted. He also said, “Body of third terrorist Yawar a local was also recovered from encounter site and 4th terrorist caught alive in injured condition. Well done boys.” It has been learnt that the slain terrorists belonged to Lashker-e-Taiba. Two of them are also from Pakistan, according to reports. One terrorists, who had managed to flee from the encounter site, was also arrested by the police from a maternity hospital of Anantnag district of South Kashmir, reports say. The encounter broke on Monday afternoon when the militants opened fire on an Army convoy, on its way to Srinagar, at Qazigund on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. One soldier was killed in the attack while another sustained injuries.
Earlier the dreaded terrorist Abu Ismail was killed in an encounter with security forces in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar on September 14. Ismail was the mastermind of the July 10 attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmirs Anantnag district that left eight dead. A Pakistani national, Abu Ismail was one of the most important members of LeT and was expected to be the successor of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s head in Kashmir, Abu Dujana. Ismail who had been a part of Lashkar-e-Taiba for almost seven years now was in his mid 30s.
Meanwhile, the security forces cordoned off the area and launched a hunt for the militants. The search operation turned into an encounter with militants which ended at 2 AM this morning, the police said. The police identified the dead militants as Yawar Basir, who is a local militant, Abu Furqan and Abu Maviya (both foreign terrorists). Basir, hailing from Habiash of Kulgam, joined ranks with Lashker-e-Taiba this year in February after snatching weapon from a policeman. Furqan had taken over as the head of Lashker-e-Taiba in South Kashmir after the death of Abu Ismail.
Police said the group headed by Furqan, was involved in a series of terror crimes in Anantnag and Kulgam area, which included the Yatra Bus Attack case at Bantingo, few attacks on security forces at Lower Munda on the national highway, attack on police party at bus stand in Anantnag. Furqan had replaced Ismail in South Kashmir and was responsible for the recent attacks carried by LeT, police said.
Pursuing the leads available at Qazigund encounter, one individual Rashid Ahmed Allai of Hamzapora sangam Bijibehera was arrested from Janglatmandi maternity hospital with a Chinese pistol and live cartridges last night. He was missing since last two days from his house and had joined the Yawar group of LeT.
The police said that he was part of the militant group when they carried out attack on army at Qazigund yesterday but managed to escape from the site when encounter broke. He had taken shelter at the hospital in Anantnag with the help of one of his associate. According to the police, he along with his associates were intending to snatch weapon from the policemen by attacking them.