LeT commander behind Amarnath Yatra attack killed in Kashmir

Security personnel near the encounter site in Kashmir’s Nowgam on Thursday

Abu Ismail was portrayed by the experts as the "driving force" of an assault in July on a transport of Hindu explorers who were going by a mountain altar in Kashmir, an assault that left eight individuals dead. As the security forces tightened the cordon, the hiding terrorists opened fire on the security forces triggering an encounter.

Alleged mastermind of an attack on the Amarnath pilgrims this year is one of the two foreign militants, killed in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Nowgam on Thursday, as per sources.

A police officer when contacted confirmed the incident told GNS that Two militants were killed in the gunfight and their outfit and identity are being ascertained. "This Operation is a result of people's prayers".

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. "We accordingly acted and killed both in a brief encounter in cooperation with army and CRPF", he said.

Ismail had virtually taken over the LeT operational command from Abu Dujana and was seen more active in organising the network of the overground workers.

Khan also said that militant leadership has to be eliminated because they also misguide children and lure them into this.

After killing of LeT militants, mobile internet service in Srinagar was suspended for some hours.

On 24 June, heavily armed militants had attacked the Central Reserve Police Force personnel deployed on duty outside the DPS school at Pantha Chowk in Srinagar in which a CRPF sub inspector was killed while two other personnel were injured. "The 50th battalion of Rashtriya Rifles did a good job", he said adding now there would be leadership vacuum in LeT.

Abu Ismail was A++ category militant while his associate Abu Qasim was A + militant. We killed Abu Qasim, Abu Dujana and now Abu Ismail.