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Security forces in hot pursuit of JeM terrorist 'Lambu', who fabricates IEDs

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Security forces are in hot pursuit of Ismail Bhai, alias 'Lambu', a Pakistani terrorist belonging to the who is believed to have fabricated the (IED) used in the February 14 attack on a CRPF convoy in that left 40 personnel dead, officials said.

The officials said Ismail Bhai, according to intelligence agencies, infiltrated into in December last year and has been moving around in the most-volatile Tral area, 46 km south of

There were intelligence inputs in December about the presence of a Pakistani terrorist, whose height is over 6.5 feet, and the same was corroborated by police informers. He has been moving around the axis of Tral-Pulwama-Awantipura, considered a Jaish-e-Mohammed-dominated belt, the officials said.

In the past, were launched to nab him but he managed to give security forces the slip, a said.

According to investigations so far, Ismail has been sent by the terror group to fabricate IEDs, besides brainwashing new recruits for becoming potential 'fidayeens' (suicide attackers), they said.

The officials said the IED used in the February 14 terror strike could have been fabricated by with the help of locals.

Tral, a town of district known for hot springs, has emerged as the breeding ground for terror groups as well as safe haven for those infiltrating from across the border.

Ever since the militancy started in Valley in 1990s, Tral township did not see much of crackdowns as it was used by terrorists as a transit point to slip into various places of south

However, after the death of Burhan Wani, poster boy of terror group, in July 2016, the town has virtually turned into a hub of militant activities.

This year, according to the officials, 49 terrorists were gunned down across the valley, out of which 10 were in Tral.

Sunday last, two terrorists, including Mudasir Ahmed Khan, who was alleged to be the mastermind of the February 14 terror strike, were killed in the Tral area.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 18:00 IST