Abu Ismail. Picture: ABP News
Srinagar, Sept. 14 (PTI): Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Ismail, the mastermind behind the deadly July 10 attack on Amarnath yatra pilgrims, was among two terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces here on Thursday, police said.
Police are trying to identify the second terrorist. The encounter took place at Aribagh in Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar, a police officer said.
S.P. Vaid, the state’s police chief, said police had specific intelligence input about the presence of foreign terrorists in the area and an operation was launched to neutralise them.
“We had information about the presence of two foreign terrorists, including Abu Ismail. Both have been neutralised and the bodies have been taken for identification,” he said.
Ismail was the mastermind of the 10 July attack on a bus carrying Amarnath yatra pilgrims in south Kashmir's Anantnag district. The attack left eight pilgrims dead.