KASHMIR, Oct 09 : Police on Monday said that Jaish-e-Muhammad chief Khalid was killed in a brief encounter with forces at Ladoora area of Baramulla district.
A top Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant, believed to be the mastermind behind the recent suicide attacks in the restive state, was killed on Monday in a brief gunfight with security forces in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
Police said the militant was identified as Khalid – the operational commander of the Pakistan-based militant group.
Inspector general of police (Kashmir range) Muneer Khan confirmed his identity.
“The killed militant is Khalid alias Khalid Bhai, the Jaish chief in Kashmir who was behind all the recent fidayeen attacks,’’ Khan told.
Reports said that Khalid fired on Police naka party at Ladoora area of Baramulla district. The party had laid a naka to catch him after the inputs about his movement.
As soon as the militant reached the naka spot, he fired at the party. There was a brief exchange of fire, a police official said.
He escaped from the spot and entered into a local residential house, the official said. He later left the residential house and took refuge in a cowshed where he has been reportedly killed.
Khalid, a resident of Pakistan, according to police sources, was a most wanted militant and was categorised as A++. Police said he was involved in a series of killings in northern part of Kashmir.
The killing of Khalid, who sources say was heading all the operations of the JeM in the valley, is another major success for the security forces, who have now gunned down many top militant leaders in the last few months.