Police in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday said that they had killed three Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, who were behind this year’s attack on Amarnath pilgrims. All three militants were reportedly killed in a gunfight in Kulgam district.
Inspector General of Police in Srinagar, Muneer Khan said that three militants killed had been identified as Furqan and Abu Maviya and Yawar who belonged to Qazigund area.
“Another local militant identified as Rashid Alia who had managed to escape with an injury on his hand, was arrested in Anantnag town where he had gone for treatment,” the police was quoted by IANS.
The gunfight started after militants attacked an Army patrol on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
After attacking the patrol, the militants entered a house in Bonigam village which was surrounded by the security forces.
A soldier was also killed during the encounter. With the local LeT militant’s killing, the LeT’s Abu Ismail group who had carried out the attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims on July 10, has been wiped out,the police added.
Seven pilgrims were killed and 15 injured when the militants attacked a Yatra bus on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.
In September, the alleged mastermind of the attack on the Amarnath pilgrims was killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir’s Nowgam. Abu Ismail, a 24-year-old Lashkar militant, who was suspected in the killing of seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in Anantnag in July, was among those encountered in Nowgam.