Killing of top commander major setback for LeT: J&K Police

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Army's Victor Force of the Rashtriya Rifles, which looks after the South Kashmir area, said that Ismail's elimination was important to create a vacuum in the LeT leadership.

It was reported that a manhunt had been launched to hunt down Ismail, a Pakistani national, following the attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in July.

"There was total condemnation of this act from all sections of society".

"The day they (militants) killed yatris, the people said that they should be brought to justice and today they have been brought to justice". The IGP of Jammu & Kashmir, Munir Khan, has congratulated the security forces on this major achievement and said that it is important to wipe out militant leadership from J&K.

Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said: "Police was after him for quite some time and finally we have been able to gun him down".

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The gunfight between militants and a contingent of police and army broke out at village Aarigam-Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

"At around 4.15 pm, contact was established with two hiding terrorists in a house there". In this encounter, his associate was also killed. "Bodies were recovered from the site of encounter and placed at appropriate place for appropriate disposal", Khan said. Just one-and-a-half month ago, the Lashkar had lost its commander Abu Dujana on August 1, and now it has lost his replacement as well. In what is being deemed as a success by the security forces in Kashmir, militants are now surrendering in increasing numbers before the police. A chapter of these terrorists has been closed.

"The special thing about this operation is that it was based on wishes of people". Seven Amarnath pilgrims were killed including six women and injuring 19 others in southern Anantnag district in the tragic incident.

His group included 8 to 9 men, consisting of local and foreign terrorists.

The rift within the militants intensified after the Hizbul Mujahideen top leadership dissociated from its former commander Musa's statement in which he had threatened to chop off the heads of Hurriyat leaders for seeking the creation of a secular state.