Top Pak militant killed in Kashmir is Jaish chief's relative and a Pulwama attack conspirator

Police say Mohd Ismal Alvi, alias Lamboo, was family member of Masood Azhar and was involved in conspiring in the February 2019 Pulwama terror attack

Top Pak militant killed in Kashmir is Jaish chief's relative and a Pulwama attack conspirator

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Srinagar, July 31

Security forces on Saturday killed two JeM militants, including a top Pakistani ultra belonging to the family of the group's chief Masood Azhar and involved in the planning of the 2019 Pulwama attack, in an encounter in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said.

Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Namibian and Marsar and the general area of Dachigam in the morning, following inputs about the presence of militants there, a police official said.

He said the search operation turned into an encounter after militants opened fire at the search party of the forces, who retaliated.

In the exchange of firing, two militants were killed, the official said.

Inspector General of Police (IGP), Kashmir, Vijay Kumar, said, "Topmost Pakistani terrorist affiliated with proscribed terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Lamboo, killed in today's encounter." 

The IGP said Mohammad Ismal Alvi alias Lamboo alias Adnan was from the family of JeM chief Masood Azhar.

"He was involved in conspiracy and planning of Lethpora Pulwama attack and figured in a charge sheet produced by the National Investigation Agency," Kumar said.

Suicide bomber Adil Dar blew an explosive-laden vehicle in a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy on February 14, 2019, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway at Lethpora in Pulwama district in south Kashmir, killing 40 CRPF personnel and injuring several others.

"Identification of the second terrorist is being ascertained," Kumar said.

The IGP also congratulated the army and police for the success. PTI

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