Amarnath attack mastermind LeT commander Abu Ismail among 2 terrorists killed

Abu Ismail
Abu Ismail

Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail, the mastermind of the July 10 attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces here yesterday, police said.

The identity of the second terrorist is being ascertained, a police official said. The encounter took place at Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar, the official said.

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 had information about the presence of two foreign terrorists, including Abu Ismail. Both have been neutralized and the bodies have been taken for identification,” he said.

Ismail was the mastermind of the 10 July attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. The attack left eight pilgrims dead.

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