Kashmir, Aug 02 : Mohammad Abu Ismail, who emerged as the mastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims, is likely to replace Abu Dujana as Lashkar-e-Toiba commander.
According to reports, 26-year-old Ismail infiltrated into India about two years ago and has been operating in South Kashmir. He carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head.
Ismail is likely to replace Dujana, a Pakistani national wanted in connection with several attacks, who was gunned down by the security forces in an encounter in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir.He was variously described as a category ‘A’ or ‘A++’ militant by Army and police officials. According to a police spokesman, he was involved in grenade attacks on security forces at Kakapora.
After investigations including communication intercepts led to the name of Abu Ismail as the mastermind of Amarnath Yatra terror attack, security agencies launched a manhunt to hunt him down. “We have identified Ismail and two other men who were with him during the attack.
We have also identified the people who drove them to their spot and who brought them their weapons. We know the direction in which the terrorists are hidden and we’ll hunt them down soon,” a senior police Jammu and Kashmir police official told News18.
Seven Amarnath Yatra pilgrims were killed and several injured when a group of terrorists attacked a bus carrying the pilgrims near Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. Of the seven dead, five belonged to Gujarat while two were from Maharashtra.