April 26, 2018

Security forces gun down Jaish militant in south Jammu & Kashmir

27 December 2017, 12:46 | Rufus Hill

Three-feet-tall Jaish-e-Mohammed 'commander' who jumped parole killed in Valley

Top JeM commander killed jawan injured in Kashmir encounter

He was also believed to have masterminded an attack on a Border Security Force camp near Srinagar airport in October.

They said security forces and SOG of state police on a tip off about the presence of militants launched a joint search operation at Samboora, Awantipora, in Pulwama at 0030 hrs late last night.

Subsequently, he jumped parole and rejoined the JeM, becoming one of its top commanders.

But one police source said two of Tantray's associates had managed to escape. "In July, after the Aripal encounter in which three JeM terrorists were killed, Tantray went underground and soon became the Jaish's key man in coordinating and organising attacks at different places", said a senior police officer.

There was input about presence of two to three terrorists near the national highway who were "planning to attack convoy", the DGP tweeted. "One body of militant recovered so far and search for others is going on", Vaid said.

Tantray, who is seen as a key commander in central and southern Kashmir, was arrested in 2003 but was later released on a parole in 2015.

This information was developed further and it was in this course that we came to know of the presence of a most wanted JeM militant, who was the mastermind of nearly all attacks carried out by JeM, was hiding in Samboora.

Army's 1 Sector deputy commander, Sanjeev Saroch, while speaking to reporters said Noor Trali's killing was "a major blow" to the JeM and "another major success" for the security forces.

Monday's attack was reportedly launched in response to the death of four Indian soldiers, including an Army major, in alleged unprovoked Pakistani firing along the LoC.

Police sources earlier told The Indian Express that Tantray, a resident of Tral in Pulwama district, had taken over command of the JeM in South Kashmir and was engineering the outfit's bid to regroup in the Valley.

Thousands of people attended slain militant commander's funeral in home town Tral.

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