Alleged mastermind of an attack on the Amarnath pilgrims this year is one of the two foreign militants, killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowgam on Thursday, as per sources.
Abu Ismail, a 24-year-old Lashkar-e-TaibLeT terrorist who was suspected in the killing of seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag in July, was among those encountered in Nowgam.
The LeT had denied any role in the July 10 attack, quoting “attack on pilgrims was against Islamic teachings”.
Ismail would be the fourth top militant leader killed in Kashmir since last year. Hizbul Mujahideen leaders Burhan Wani and Sabzar Bhat were killed by security forces earlier.
Abu Dujana, a 27-year-old divisional commander of LeT for South Kashmir, and another militant were shot dead during an exchange of fire between a group of militants and security forces in Hakripora village of Pulwama last month.