Indian Forces Eliminate Terror Mastermind in Kashmir Valley

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IGP termed Abu Ismail's killing was a major achievement of security forces and severe jolt to Lashkar.

As such the joint team of forces intensified the searches, the militants hiding in the area opened fire resultes into an encounter.

Sources told Sputnik that Abu Ismail was in Kashmir for past six months planning and executing major terror attacks including the Amarnath attack in July this year in which eight pilgrims were killed and many injured.

"The Jammu and Kashmir Police was after him since Amarnath attack took place".

Earlier, two overground workers of the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist outfit were arrested on Thursday in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said. "This Operation is a result of people's prayers". An associate of his was also killed in the encounter.

Stating that killing of two militants doesn't indicate that militancy has ended, Khan said, "Killing militant leadership was important because leaders incite and motivate young children to join the militancy".

Abu Ismail and his associate were killed during a brief encouter in Srinagar.

As per preliminary reports, Abu Ismail, along with an accomplice was gunned down on Thursday afternoon. Reacting to the attack, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said the attack is a blot on the Kashmiris and Muslims.

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Thursday restored the mobile internet service, nearly half an hour after it was blocked in the city.

The LeT had denied its role in the July 10 attack, saying the "attack on pilgrims was against Islamic teachings".

Director General of Police (DGP) S P Vaid said police had specific intelligence input about the presence of foreign terrorists in the area and an operation was launched to neutralise them. We killed Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana and now Abu Ismail.

The encounter operation involved the Indian Army, CRPF platoons and other forces.

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