LeT Mlitant Abu Ismail, Mastermind Of Amarnath Yatra Attack, Killed In Encounter

Lashkar-e-Toiba Commander Abu Ismail was shot dead on Thursday

Abu Ismail was the successor of LeT commander Abu Dujana who was killed in August by Indian security forces.

At the point when the security powers officers touched base at the house, Abu Ismail opened fire and after that attempted to escape.

Eight people were killed when terrorists fired at a bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra on July 10.

A top Lashkar commander, who was one of the main accused in the Amarnath attacks that resulted in the deaths of 8 and injuries to 18, was killed by security forces in Nowgam. "He was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra".

After his name figured as mastermind of the attack, Ismail was on run but under radar of the security forces, another police official said.

"The terrorists are frustrated at the back to back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists", he said.

Both were Pakistani nationals and two AK 47s and UBGLs were recovered from the encounter site. "Priority is to eliminate militant leadership because they lure the youth to militancy", the IGP said.

On 24 June, heavily armed militants had attacked the Central Reserve Police Force personnel deployed on duty outside the DPS school at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar in which a CRPF sub inspector was killed while two other personnel were injured.

"We killed Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana and now Abu Ismail".

Along with Ismail, another militant was also killed, reported ANI.

The LeT had denied any role in the July 10 attack, quoting "attack on pilgrims was against Islamic teachings". He was also involved in several other attacks.

"I compliment police for the high quality input and CRPF for making sure that there was no collateral damage in the area".