Abu Ismail, Amarnath attack mastermind, among two militants killed in Kashmir

Indian Army Takes Note Of Video Showing Soldiers'Dishonouring Militant Abu Ismail's Body

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) - A top militant commander of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) militant outfit Abu Ismail and his associate were killed Thursday in a brief gunfight with Indian troops in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said.

"Restrictions under Section 144 of the CrPc have been imposed to maintain law and order", a Jammu and Kashmir police official said.

Following the operation, Muneer Khan, IGP Kashmir, congratulated the security forces, adding that the encounter concluded in just half and hour. 15 FIRs were lodged against Abu Ismail and he was involved in number of terror attacks in south Kashmir, including several on Police and other security forces. As the security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding terrorists opened fire on the security forces triggering an encounter. After the death Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana took charge and then you had Abu Ismail in-charge of the LeT.

Khan refused to divulge further information about the encounter, however, he expressed relief, stating that "a chapter of terrorists has been closed".


An army source in south Kashmir maintained that Ismail's first footprints in the Valley can be traced to the December 17 attack a year ago on an army convoy in Kadlabal area of Pampore, which left 3 army men dead.

"We are after foreign militant leadership of LeT". A joint operation was launched by 50 Rashtriya Riffles, police and CRPF to hunt down the militants.

Police said that the two militants were involved in the killing of a sarpanch of village Hawoora and weapon snatching incidents and "instigating youth to pelt stones". "Our targets are only those who aid and assist India in crushing this freedom struggle", Askari said.

Seen as an aggressive militant by observers, Ismail used local terrorists in his group of men to contact their on-ground workers (OGWs). They were quite active on the national highway connecting Srinagar with South Kashmir.

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