Amarnath Yatra terror attack: Massive search on for alleged mastermind Abu Ismail of Lashkar

“As per our preliminary investigation, we have found out that two Pakistanis, accompanied by two local militants, were responsible for the attack. This group belonged to the Lashkar,’’ Inspector General of J&K Police, Kashmir Zone, Muneer Khan said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2017 2:43 pm
amarnath yatra terror attack, amarnath yatra attack, abu ismail, lashkar a taiba, Let operative, amarnath yatra terrorists, amarmath yatra abu ismail, mohammad ismail, muneer khan Security personnel keep vigil at the site of the attack on Amarnath Yatris at Batango in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. (PTI Photo/File)

Security agencies have launched a massive search to hunt down the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Mohammed Ismail alias Abu Ismail — the alleged mastermind of the Amarnath Yatra terror attack that left seven dead and over 30 injured on Monday evening. Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to nab Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed out to his involvement in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, PTI quoted a senior police official as saying.

The police said the suspect is a mid-level Lashkar operative who is known to have been active in south Kashmir for the last one year. They also said the Amarnath attack could be a revenge taken by the terrorist group after the arrest of LeT operative Sandeep Kumar Sharma last week. The police also say that Ismail could be a part of the group that included Sharma and was responsible for killing of six policemen, including SHO Firoz Dar. Ismail, just like Sharma, is also believed to have been involved in ATM robberies. According to them, Ismail may have been involved in the robbery of an ATM in Budgam in which Rs 14 lakh in new currency was whisked away days after demonetisation was announced by PM Modi.

“The terrorists are frustrated at the back-to-back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists,” a senior police officer was quoted as saying by PTI. The police, though in the preliminary stage of the investigation, say they have intercepts that point towards Lashkar’s involvement. “As per our preliminary investigation, we have found out that two Pakistanis, accompanied by two local militants, were responsible for the attack. This group belonged to the Lashkar,’’ Inspector General of J&K Police, Kashmir Zone, Muneer Khan said.

Lashkar, meanwhile, has distanced itself from the attack and condemned it strongly. LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi has said, “It is against Islamic teachings.”

The Centre, on the other hand, has refrained from pinning the responsibility on any group or individual because of the lack of independent inputs. They are however keeping a close look at the investigation because if the police investigation turns out to be true, this would be the first time that ‘local support’ was used in the attack against the pilgrims.

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    Joseph Mumbai
    Jul 13, 2017 at 2:01 am
    Use Chinese, Russian, US, Israeli and Islamic methods to control Kashmir. Bbomb whole neighborhoods, don't worry about colateral damages, bulldoze houses that shelter terrorist, make life for stone pelters, no bir yani treatment. Get rid of article 370. Islam respects overwhelming force. India has a re tarded response. Bomb the judiciary if need be. They are hidden agents. For once Hindus need to act tough in a thousand years.
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      Joseph Mumbai
      Jul 13, 2017 at 2:03 am
      life unbearable for stone pelters
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      jk
      Jul 12, 2017 at 10:23 pm
      Trust Gau Rakshahs are also searching terrorist as suggested by Thakre..
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        Shafted mohammed
        Jul 12, 2017 at 9:55 pm
        Find these terrorists and kill them and get atleast one alive so that Pakistani involvement would be proved. Kill atleast ten more terrorists to celebrate the anniversary of killing of burhan wani.
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          Vinitsharma
          Jul 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm
          Tagging like cattles is the best solution in JK. Technology is available. Human Rights to be abandoned for the time being. Daily hunting of terrorists can be avoided. Electronic tagging will segregate terrorists. Different tagging for stone pelters can be devised. This will also help in opening fire on the crowd of stone pelters shielding terrorist. Let Hurriyat leaders and Abdullah family hv separate tags. This will enable intelligence to pick up signals when they meet terrorist and visit POK.
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          1. Ashok Kumar H
            Jul 12, 2017 at 8:16 pm
            It is foolish to look for one operative. There may be dozens of them involved in this terror network planning and executing.Stone pelters and separatist are also part of this terror network. Other master minds are in safe heavens in our neighbouring country . Why can't the Government go after all these elements.
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