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Hunt on for LeT commander and mastermind of Amarnath attack Abu Ismail

7 pilgrims were killed, 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Anantnag on Monday evening

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Nunwan : A sadhu proceeds towards the holy cave shrine as security personnel guard near Nunwan base camp on Tuesday, a day after the militants attacked Amarnath pilgrims onboard a bus. PTI Photo by S Irfan
Nunwan : A sadhu proceeds towards the holy cave shrine as security personnel guard near Nunwan base camp on Tuesday, a day after the militants attacked Amarnath pilgrims onboard a bus. PTI Photo by S Irfan

Security forces have launched a massive hunt to track down Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander and Pakistani Abu Ismail, who has emerged as the mastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath

Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed out to his involvement in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said.

Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir's district on Monday evening.

The official said the attack in appears to be a reprisal for killing of several Lashkar militants including Bashir Lashkari in an encounter with security forces earlier this month.

"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," he said.

According to the official, Ismail has been active in for several years and had moved base to south more than a year ago.

The attack on Amarnath came the same day when police announced arrest of a module of LeT including a Hindu hailing from Muzaffaranagar area of Uttar Pradesh.

Lashkar has not only distanced itself from the attack on Amarnath but also condemned the attack.

LeT spokesman Abdullah Ghaznavi, while condemning the attack on pilgrims, has said, "It is against Islamic teachings".

"The attack on the is highly reprehensible act. Islam does not allow violence against any faith," he said.

First Published: Wed, July 12 2017. 12:25 IST
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