Profile of Abu Ismail, the Lashkar operational commander killed in Nowgam encounter

Abu Ismail was mostly active in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir and came on the radar of the security forces after a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims returning from the Amarnath Yatra was attacked in Anantnag town near Khanbal in July.

Written by Mir Ehsan | Srinagar | Updated: September 15, 2017 4:52 pm
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Abu Ismail was an operational commander of the Lashkar-e-Toiba who was killed in an encounter on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday along with his associate. His killing is a big breakthrough for the security forces as he was behind the attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims in July this year that claimed eight lives.

Ismail (23), a Pakistani national, was active in south Kashmir as he was designated as the operational commander of the terrorist outfit after Abu Dujjana joined the Zakir Musa group. Dujjana, along with his associate, was gunned down in August in Hakripora village in south Kashmir. Ismail had infiltrated into the Valley four to five years ago and was close to two former operational commanders, Abu Qasim and Dujjana.

He was mostly active in Kulgam and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir and came on the radar of the security forces after a bus carrying Hindu pilgrims returning from the Amarnath Yatra was attacked in Anantnag town near Khanbal in July. Soon after the attack, the J&K Police claimed that Ismail was behind the attack. Officials said that soon after carrying out the attack on the bus, he shifted his base from Anantnag and kept on moving between villages of three districts — Kulgam, Shopian and some pockets of Pulwama. However, they were tracking him using both human intelligence and surveillance methods. Top security officials were confident that he would be neutralized during an operation.

Sources said that information about his latest movement was generated from south Kashmir and a team of J&K Police from the region along with the Army managed to neutralize him near Aaribagh Nowgam on the outskirts of the city. The other militant who was killed along with Abu Ismail has been identified as Chotta Qasim, also a foreign militant. Officials said that it was a brief encounter based on specific information.

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    ak dev
    Sep 15, 2017 at 5:07 am
    Killing terrorist in Kashmir is like plucking leaves of tree. India has no guts to uproot the tree i.e. eliminate their leaders operating from Pakistan.
    1. N
      Sep 15, 2017 at 1:37 am
      All bomb blasts in past few year planned and executed by brahmin terrorist module of rss linked to isi. there are sufficient evidence and proofs and also confessions in courts by few brahmin terrorists caught so far such as asimanand aka asim chatterji, upadhayay, joshi, sadhvia, purohit etc. bhagwat amd vaidya had filed a complaint with ex pm against purohit to save themselves as purohit might be double crossing or a mole. but now they are silent as they have not to worry as it's their own govt now. madhya pradesh bjp and bajrang dal leaders were caught red handed passing info to isi and getting paid. problem even mamy police and courts are sympathisers that's why they are going scot free. To make a scapegoat, muslims are framed in false cases. anybody in doubt may search google and news sites for info. bramin terrorists want to hold onto all power and resources of country and let dalits, tribes, other castes, poor at the cost of national security.
      1. C
        Sep 15, 2017 at 12:06 am
        Great achievement by the security forces. Last 1400 hundred years the policy of Islam is the same and breeding like insects. Without destroying Non Muslims, they will never stop as per their teachings of Qurani cverses/Satanic verses which is full of Jihad. Any evil work is legal in the name of Jihad, so are attracted like insects to fire with Islam. It is the only cause of more than 95 percent Global terrorism. So , these Jihadists must be nipped in the bud in India. They were indulged, praised and whole heartedly favored by the past Sickular Govts of India. Very bad and sad indeed because they quite forgot the barbaric and inhuman History of Muslims for last 1400 years.
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          shubham kosta
          Sep 14, 2017 at 11:24 pm
          one should respect the sacrifices done by J K police in maintaining internal security.other state police should also learn the professionalism shown by J K police. congrats J K police....
          1. N
            Sep 14, 2017 at 11:04 pm
            may they all be eliminated and the youths get opportunities towards positive activities.
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