The terrorist who killed 8 Amarnath yatra pilgrims has been shot dead. Abu Ismail, a Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander was killed in an encounter at Aribagh in Jammu and Kashmir. An associate of his was also killed in the encounter.
In July terrorists of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba opened fired on a bus from Gujarat carrying pilgrims. 8 yatris were killed in the attack. Detailed investigations showed that Ismail was involved in the attack. The police said that he had masterminded the attack and was also present at the crime scene. He was the first to open fire on the bus, the police also said.
Ismail in his mid 30s had been part of the Lashkar for the past seven years. He was part of a camp comprising 200 terrorists who had been training to launch attacks in India. IB officials say that the investigations suggested that Ismail had activated the over ground operatives of the Lashkar in the Valley to carry out the attack. Ismail apart from activating his over ground operatives also got in touch with some locals of the Hizbul Mujahideen. The cadres of the Hizbul had helped in logistics which were in turn shared with the Lashkar. The local Hizbul operatives are more familiar with the area, officials said. The probe also showed that the Lashkar wanted to take some of the pilgrims hostage. A reconnaissance of the route was conducted for three days.