Abu Ismail down: The five Grade A++ terrorists, Army would kill next

Sheri Evans
September 16, 2017

He apprised that two AK 47s were recovered from his possession.

"Following the killing of the LeT commander, the mobile Internet services in Srinagar have been blocked as a precautionary measure" to prevent a law and order situation arising. However, the services were restored later in the evening.

According to reports, Abu Ismail and Abu Qasim were unsuspecting as the security forces encircled them while walking on the road. "Both have been neutralized and the bodies have been taken for identification", he said.

A group of four militants had carried out attack on bus that was returning from Baltal after performing Yatra.

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

He said the operation to track Abu Ismail needed a lot of meticulous intelligence, patience and planning.

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.

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Abu Ismail was A++ category militant while his associate Abu Qasim was A + militant. However, Khan added, a foreign mercenary and a local terrorist involved in the Amarnath attack are still at large.

"We will hunt them also", he said. "Meanwhile, the synergy between all agencies will continue", he said.

The rift within the militants intensified after the Hizbul Mujahideen top leadership dissociated from its former commander Musa's statement in which he had threatened to chop off the heads of Hurriyat leaders for seeking the creation of a secular state. "Priority is to eliminate militant leadership because they lure the youth to militancy", the IGP said. He was involved in several attacks on security forces convoys at Sempora (One CRPF personnel martyred), Zewan Crossing (One Police personnel martyred), Nowgam (One CRPF personnel got injured), Pampore (Three soldiers martyred) and K.P. Road (Two police personnel martyred).

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

Abu Ismail and his associate were killed during a brief encouter in Srinagar. "You can understand the effort which has been put in to execute this operation, a joint operation of police army and CRPF", he said.

Zeenat-ul-Islam alias Alkama is one among the five top terrorists that are next on the hit list of the security forces.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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