LeT commander behind Amarnath Yatra attack killed

Kashmir: Suspected Amarnath attack mastermind Abu Ismail and another militant killed in encounter

Lashkar commander Abu Ismail, involved in Amarnath attack, gunned down in Kashmir encounter

Army's Victor Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after the South Kashmir area, said that Ismail's elimination was important to create a vacuum in the LeT leadership.

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. In what is being deemed as a success by the security forces in Kashmir, militants are now surrendering in increasing numbers before the police.

A video showing troopers disrespecting the bodies of slain Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail and his associate has gone viral on social media sites.

He said besides being mastermind of Amarnath yatra attack, Ismail was involved in many militant attacks on security forces.

He was designated as the operation commander by the LeT after Abu Dujana joined the Kashmir chapter of Zakir Musa's al-Qaida some months ago.

Authorities on Friday imposed restrictions in parts of the city in the wake of apprehensions of trouble in the aftermath of killing of two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists in an encounter.

The LeT had denied any role in the July 10 attack, quoting "attack on pilgrims was against Islamic teachings". It resulted in the death of eight people and caused serious injuries to around a dozen pilgrims who were returning from the yatra.

"We are going after the militant leadership as eliminating the leadership is important".

He said the identification was carried out so far on the basis of so many evidence and it revealed that the killed militants were Abu Ismail from Pakistan and Abu Qasim also known as Chota Qasim from Pakistan.

"The excellent coordination on ground between the security agencies has resulted in positive results and led to killing of top militants", he said.

His group included 8 to 9 men comprising local and foreign terrorists.

When asked who their next "target" is, Khan said, "It's not about the next target". They were quite active on the national highway connecting Srinagar with South Kashmir.

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