Indian troops kill top militant commander, associate in Indian-controlled Kashmir gunfight

Abu Ismail

Security forces took just three minutes to kill Abu Ismail, who was unaware of the operation while walking on the road at Aarigam, Nowgam in the outskirts of Srinagar.

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". Officials said it was a brief encounter based on specific information they had received, sources have said that the information regarding Ismail's latest move was given from the south Kashmir region.

Khan said the other terrorist has been identified as Abu Qasim alias Chota Qasim.

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In Anantnag on July 10, 8 passengers were killed in the attack on the bus of Amarnath on Monday on the first Monday of Savan, while many passengers were injured.

Government forces in Indian-held Kashmir killed a top Islamist militant on Thursday blamed for the murder of eight Hindu pilgrims two months ago.

Meanwhile, 2G and 3G internet services have been restored in Srinagar, whereas 4G is blocked. After the death of Abu Qasim, then Abu Dujana and now Ismail. "We will continue these kinds of operations to neutralise the remnant people which should bring some peace and clam in the valley", said Major General Raju. Ismail was believed to be the mastermind behind the terror attack.

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"It was a joint cordon by the personnel of the special operation group (SOG) of Shopian and Srinagar", a police official said. Abu Ismail had become Lashkar commander in south Kashmir after deposing his predecessor Abu Dujana, who was killed in August soon after he had joined former Hizbul terrorist Zakir Rashid Bhat's newly formed al-Qaeda affiliate - Ansar Ghazwa'tul Hind.

"We are going after the militant leadership as eliminating the leadership is important".

"The excellent coordination on ground between the security agencies has resulted in positive results and led to killing of top militants", he said.

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"We are looking at serious deficiencies in their (foreign militant) leadership which should give us more opportunities. Our targets are only those who aid and assist India in crushing this freedom struggle", Askari said.

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