Lashkar commander, Amarnath attack mastermind: Who was Abu Ismail?

In a major success, security forces gunned down Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Taiba commander and mastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims in July.

Eight people were killed when terrorists fired at a bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra on July 10.

State Director General of Police SP Vaid said since January 147 terrorists have been killed by the security forces in Kashmir so far. "In a very brief encounter, both the terrorists were killed", Kashmir Inspector General of Police Munir Khan said. "He remained under radar and finally after two months of hardwork, we managed to kill him today".

Yatoo was killed along with his two associates in the encounter. "It is important to neutralise the militant leadership".

He said that Ismail is believed to have entered the Valley sometime in August or September a year ago.

On August 1 J&K police had made a decision to write to MHA requesting them to take up the issue with Pakistan high commission so that body of LeT chief Abu Dujana could be handed over to them.

Addressing a media conference in Srinagar, IGP Kashmir Muneer Khan has said the terrorist leadership has to be eliminated because they misguide youth and lure them into terror activities.

On Thursday evening, Indian powers got a tip that Abu Ismail and an associate, Abu Qasim, were stowing away in a house close Srinagar.

Ismail, in his mid 20s, had infiltrated into Kashmir some four years ago and had recently taken charge of the Lashkar's operations in the Valley. "You know who are the leaders and they will be our next target", he said.

Following information about the presence of militants in Aarigam village, the security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Nowgam area.

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

Vanessa Coleman