The Indian Army today announced that the dreaded militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad leadership has been eliminated in Kashmir Valley, in less than 100 hours after the Pakistan-based terror group killed 44 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama attack, last week.
The announcement was made by Corps Commander of Chinar Corps Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon in a joint press with the J&K Police and CRPF a day after a three JeM terrorists, including the commander who plotted the Pulwama attack, were killed in a fierce 16-hour encounter.
Three Jaish terrorists, including two top commanders believed to be behind the Pulwama terror attack, were killed yesterday’s encounter, in which an Army major and four security forces personnel were martyred and a civilian killed in crossfire.
He said that the car bombing in Kashmir was controlled from across the border by Pakistan’s spy agency. “Anyone who has picked up a gun will be killed and eliminated. I would like to inform that in less than 100 hours of Pulwama terrorist attack, we eliminated have JeM leadership in the valley which was being handled by JeM from Pakistan”, said Army commander.
Two of the slain terrorists were identified as Kamran and Abdul Rasheed alias Ghazi, the so-called divisional commanders of Jaish-e-Mohammed for Pulwama, Tral and Awantipora areas of South Kashmir. The third one was Hilal, a resident of Pinglena in Pulwama.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police had been on the lookout for Ghazi and Kamran after a suicide bomber belonging to the terror group drove his explosives-laden vehicle and detonated himself near a bus carrying CRPF jawans in Lethpora in Pulwama last week.
A police spokesman said that all the three terrorists were wanted by the law enforcement agencies for their involvement in a series of terror crimes, including attacks on security establishments, and civilian atrocities. Kamran had taken over as the operational commander of JeM after Mufti Waqas, who was killed in an encounter in February last year.