Jaish top commander, IED expert, Afghan war veteran among three slain in Pulwama gunfight: IGP Kashmir

Jaish top commander, IED expert, Afghan war veteran among three slain in Pulwama gunfight: IGP Kashmir

Slain was the mastermind of a recent failed attempt of Car bomb attack, top commanders among 75 militants killed this year so far

Srinagar, June 03: Security Forces today claimed to have achieved a major success by killing the IED expert Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit and the mastermind of recent car bomb attempts, in today’s encounter at Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

According to the news agency, while addressing a press conference here along with the top army and CRPF officers, Inspector General of Police Kashmir range, Vijay Kumar said that an IED expert of Jaish, who had taken part in the Afghan war and was the mastermind of Car Bomb that was detected and destroyed by the security forces in Pulwama on May 28 was among three militants killed today.

“Today’s encounter is a big success for the security forces as we have killed Jaish’s IED expert who was also mastermind of May 28 Car Bomb attempt,” he said. “The slain commander has been identified as Abdur Rehman alias Fouji Bhai or Fouji Baba, who had participated in Afghan war and was active since 2017 in Kashmir.

He said that the identity of two other slain militants is being ascertained and it seems that both area locals. “We have called some people to identity the slain and if they turn out to be locals, their parents will be allowed to participate in the burial at Baramulla district of north Kashmir,” he said.

Asked whether security forces have wiped out IED experts of Jaish outfit, the IGP said that there are two more Jaish militants who have been identified as Waleed Bhai and Lamboo Bhai, both are foreigners and have an expertise in making IEDs.

“We have also identified the Jaish chief Abdullah Rashid Gazi, who operates in Khrew area of Pulwama district and is hiding in the woods. He will be neutralized once he comes down and we can even catch him where he is hiding. It is because of our source base that we have identified the Jaish chief otherwise Jaish outfit doesn’t disclose the names of its head,” he said.

The IGP, who was flanked by army and CRPF officers, said that it was for the first time that top militant commanders of Hizb, Lashkar and Jaish were killed. “The number of militants killed this year is 75 and majority of them were commanders,” he said.

He said that police have categorized Over Ground Workers in A, B, and C categories. “Public Safety Act will be slapped on A category OGWs, B category OGWs will be arrested and C category OGWs will go through counseling and their parents will be called and then they will be released,” the IGP said.(KINS)

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