Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) commander Abu Ismail, the mastermind behind the July 10 attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Srinagar on Thursday, police said.
For the forces, the killing of Abu Ismail is seen as a major success in the persisting continuing anti-militancy operations.
At the point when the security powers officers touched base at the house, Abu Ismail opened fire and after that attempted to escape.
Eight pilgrims were killed when militants attacked them on their way to Amarnath in July. "He was responsible for the attack on Amarnath Yatra".
"We could establish contact with the hiding militants around 4.15 p.m and after a brief encounter both terrorists were killed", he said.
Both were Pakistani nationals and two AK 47s and UBGLs were recovered from the encounter site.
Ismail would be the fourth top militant leader killed in Kashmir since past year.
Abu Ismail was A++ category militant while his associate Abu Qasim was A + militant.
Khan also said that militant leadership has to be eliminated because they also misguide children and lure them into this.
In the same press conference, the army forces said that with Ismail's death, there would now be a vacuum in the LeT leadership. Meanwhile, the mobile internet services have been blocked in Srinagar, as per ANI. He was involved in several attacks on security forces convoys at Sempora (One CRPF personnel martyred), Zewan Crossing (One Police personnel martyred), Nowgam (One CRPF personnel got injured), Pampore (Three soldiers martyred) and K.P. Road (Two police personnel martyred).
"It was a very brief and crisp encounter", said Munir Khan, the Kashmir police chief. "He was also involved in other hit and run attacks", he said.
"The excellent coordination on ground between the security agencies has resulted in positive results and led to killing of top militants", he said.