Amarnath Yatra terror attack mastermind Abu Ismail killed in Srinagar

Lashkar-e-Toiba Commander Abu Ismail was shot dead on Thursday

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

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.

In a somewhat different version, India Today says Indian forces managed to track the cellphone number of Ismail's aide, which was used to trap the two.

Addressing a press conference, Khan said, "In a very brief encounter both the terrorists were killed".

At least seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and 15 others were injured after terrorists attacked a bus in the Batengoo area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district on July 10.

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Zeenat, a resident of Zanpora in south Kashmir's Shopian district, is considered one of the main accused in the Shopian attack in February that left three soldiers dead.

After killing of LeT militants, mobile internet service in Srinagar was suspended for some hours. Just one-and-a-half month ago, the Lashkar had lost its commander Abu Dujana on August 1, and now it has lost his replacement as well.

They claimed that the militants opened fire at them as they moved in a particular quarter of the village and that in the ensuing "brief gun battle" Abu Ismail and his accomplice were killed.

The July attack was the worst in the divided Himalayan region since 2000, when gunmen fired on a group of Hindu pilgrims and killed 32 people including two police officers. Ismail was believed to be the mastermind behind the terror attack.

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"We are expecting a vacuum in the Lashkar now, which should give us more opportunities", Raju told reporters.

IG CRPF Srinagar Randeep Singh Sahi said the operation was well coordinated and based on specific input.

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

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