The head of Islamic State Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK) Dawood Ahmad Sofi (33) and three other terrorists who were allegedly planning to attack pilgrims during the upcoming Amarnath Yatra, were taken out by security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Friday. The operations also marked the debut of NSG commandos in the Valley.
Sources in the Union Home Ministry and the security forces claimed a terror attack plot had been foiled because of the encounter.
A Times of India report – quoting highly-placed sources in the security establishment – outlined that the slain terrorists may have had plans of targeting the Amarnath Yatra. Shooting them dead may have dealt a strong blow to ISJK – a group which may only have two to four members left now.
Srigufwara village is en route to the Amarnath shrine. Sources said they had information that four ISJK men were planning an attack on Amarnath Yatra.
“We have averted that,” said a senior security official.
“Dawood was a stone pelter who joined militancy a few years ago. He was affiliated with Tehrek-ul-Mujahideen, which was later renamed as ISJK,” sources said.