Top Lashkar commander Abu Ismael, accused of killing eight Amaranth Yatris in July, shot dead in encounter
Srinagar: In a major success, the security forces on Thursday gunned down top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Ismail.
Abu Ismail was the mastermind of the July Amarnath terror attack in which eight pilgrims were killed.
The Lashkar commander was killed in an encounter at Aarigam in Nowgam, on the outskirts of Srinagar.
He had been dubbed as the successor of Lashkar’s chief in Kashmir Abu Dujana, who was neutralised last month after giving a slip to the security forces six times in the last couple of years, even before his death.
Ismail’s proximity with the local Hizbul leadership came to light when he went on a joint recruitment drive in South Kashmir. Ismail was suspected of being involved in the killing of a young Sarpanch (village head) in Pampore in April besides being a member of a LeT module which carried out several bank robberies in recent months.