Police version on killing of top LeT militant

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Security forces killed two most wanted Pakistani terrorists and main accused of Amarnath Attack Abu Ismail along with his associate in an encounter in Arigam area in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar.

On July 12, Security forces had launched a massive hunt to track down Abu Ismail.

"The militants tried to escape by firing on the security forces".

Eight people were killed when terrorists fired at a bus carrying pilgrims from Gujarat and Maharashtra on July 10. They described him as a major player in Kashmir's militant scene, a hardened fighter in his mid-20s who was born in Pakistan and had been organizing attacks in India for at least two years.

He was involved in Amarnath attack earlier in 2017.

The terrorists first attacked a bullet-proof bunker of the police at Botengoo, a police official said, adding it was retaliated.

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"The special thing about this operation is that it was based on wishes of people".

According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, Indian security forces have killed 151 terrorists this year in Kashmir valley alone which is highest since 2010. He said militant leadership has to be eliminated because they also misguide our children and lure them into this. He has been identified as Chhota Qasim.

Meanwhile, 4G internet service have been blocked in Srinagar.

Muneer Khan on Monday held a press conference after Abu Ismail, who masterminded and led the Amarnath yatra was killed following the encounter. "He was also involved in other hit and run attacks", he said. He took over after the killing of Abu Dujana.

Khan also congratulated the police, CRPF personnel and 15 Rashtriya Rifles soldiers for "executing a wonderful operation with no collateral damage".

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

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