Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail, responsible for the Amarnath Yatra attack on 10 July which killed seven pilgrims, has been shot dead in an encounter in a fierce gun battle in Nowgamr on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.
Along with Ismail, another militant was also killed, reported ANI.
Speaking to Times Now, SP Vaid, DGP, Jammu and Kashmir, said: "It is a huge blow to LeT. Ismail was involved in a number terror operations."
Vaid also said the encounter took place successfully with the support of the people, intelligence network and coordination between all forces. CNN-News18 reported that the DGP confirmed Ismail's killing.
The encounter operation involved the Indian Army, CRPF platoons and other forces.
As Firspost had reported earlier, a manhunt to hunt down Ismail, a Pakistani national, following an attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in July. Seven yatris had died in the attack. Ismail is beleived to be the mastermind behind the terror attack.
Vaid had then said that the investigation in the Amarnath Yatra attack has revealed that it was carried out by Ismail.
Ismail had replaced former LeT commander Abu Dujana following the latter's death during an encounter in August.
Of the seven dead, five belonged to Gujarat while two were from Maharashtra.
According to police officials, Ismail was active in South Kashmir for nearly a year, and was involved in a number of militant attacks including the attack at a DPS building as well as the attacks on forces on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
The attack near the Indian Army headquarters in Srinagar had left an assistant sub inspector of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and a constable dead and three soldiers injured.
With inputs from agencies
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Updated Date: Sep 14, 2017 18:40:45 IST