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Incidents and Statements involving Jaish-e-Mohammed : 2017

Date

Place
Incident

Nature of incident

March 3

Baramulla District

Two OGWs of JeM were arrested by the Police in Baramulla District. The Police also recovered two Chinese pistols from their possession. The arrest comes a month after the Police busted an OGW network of the JeM in Handwara and arrested three persons. The OGW network, which was operating since April 2015, was involved in various subversive activities and determined to target political workers, SFs installations and Police establishments. The operators were providing logistic support to the JeM militants and were close associates of a top commander of JeM.

Non-Violent
March 17

Anantnag District

A day after HM posters put up in Pulwama in Kashmir provoked the youth in Kashmir to "fight for Islam, not Kashmir," posters have been put up by the LeT in the neighbouring District of Anantnag asking the people not to vote in the upcoming local polls. The posters have warned people to stay away from the election process and not to cast their vote. The J&K Police have taken cognizance of these threats and have launched a probe to check the veracity of these posters. "The terror outfits have trying their best to ensure terror in the valley through the posters but not much heed should be paid into it," Colonel (retired) VN Thapar said. "The government shouldn't bring its own guard down; rather it should ensure swift action."

Non-Violent
April 27 Chowkibal / Kupwara District

In a fidayeen (suicide) attack by suspected JeM militants, three Indian Army troopers and two militants were killed at Panjgaon of Chowkibal in Kupwara District in the morning. Militants attacked the Army garrison in Kupwara's Panzgam area, around 90 km away from Srinagar. "Two terrorists were killed. Three soldiers, including an officer, were also martyred," said an Army spokesman adding, "The operation is in progress." Five soldiers were also injured in the incident.

Violent
April 27 J&K

Three major militant groups are operating together in Kashmir. A video, being circulated on social media, purportedly showed 30 militants of the HM, LeT and JeM together in south Kashmir. The armed militants of the three outfits were reportedly marching in front of the camera in the 45-second video shot in a forested area. "Militants from HM, LeT and JeM… are operating jointly. This trend started last year after the July unrest. Before that, they had different areas of operation," an unnamed senior security officer from Kashmir said.

Non-violent
June 14

Srinagar

DGP Dr, S P Vaid said that said that JeM carried out yesterday's (June 13) serial attacks in South and North Kashmir. "Hizb-ul-Mujahideen (HM) has large presence and it has been for quite some time and it is not today. These incidents have been carried out by the Jaish-e-Mohammed though Hizb-ul-Mujahideen claimed responsibility", he added. The DGP, when asked about more attacks taking place in South Kashmir, said that the area has more local militants. "South Kashmir has more local terrorists and that is the reason. North Kashmir is in fact other way round and foreign element is more and that may be the reason", he said.

Statement
June 18

Binnar area / Baramulla District

Army's 46 RR, 179 Battalion of CRPF and SOG of J&K, Baramulla, cordoned off Binnar area of Baramulla District in the afternoon after inputs that 'divisional commander' of JeM Khalid Bhai is hiding in the village. They conducted house to house searches in the village and its surroundings but the JeM 'commander' had left the village before the SFs arrived.

Non-violent
June 27 Srinagar

SFs conducted search operations at several places in Srinagar to hunt a group of JeM militants who are in the city for past two weeks and five more militants who are locals and have shifted to city recently. SFs for last two weeks are tracking the militants and on June 27 they conducted searches at five places in the city during which two persons were detained. Police and CRPF conducted searches at Firodus Abad and Khadi Mill areas of Batamaloo and detained two persons during the searches. According to sources, a group of five JeM militants headed by their 'commander' Mateen Bhai is in Srinagar for two weeks and SFs are on alert to prevent them from carrying out an attack in the city.

Non-violent
August 2

india

China has again extended by three months its technical hold on the US, France and UK-backed proposal to list Pakistani terror group JeM 'chief' Masood Azhar as a designated terrorist by the UN. China had in February, 2017 blocked the US move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at UN. The deadline for China to take action on its technical hold was till August 2. If China would not have extended the technical hold, Masood Azhar would have automatically been designated under the UN as a terrorist. A veto-wielding permanent member of the Security Council, China has repeatedly blocked India's move to put a ban on Masood under the al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Council.

Non-violent
August 26 Pulwama District

Eight SF personnel, including four CRPF jawans, were killed when a group of fidayeen (suicide squad) attacked DPL in Pulwama District, triggering an encounter in which the three militants were also killed. Police sources said that some militants on "suicidal mission" entered Police family quarters inside DPL Pulwama at around 4 am. They said that the Police's SOG, CRPF and Army started clearing the quarters by evacuating families of security personnel. "In the process, we suffered some casualties. Unfortunately our four CRPF men and four police personnel were martyred and we have searched two blocks so far and two dead bodies of two terrorist were recovered. They have not been identified yet and they look foreign terrorists," Police sources said. Later, SFs shot dead third militant who was trapped in third residential block. The body of the militant was later recovered from the debris during the searches. JeM has claimed the responsibility of the attack.

Violent
August 28

Pulwama District

Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM has claimed responsibility for the Pulwama attack in which eight SFs personnel and three militants killed on August 26. The three slain JeM militants were identified as Abu Saad, Dawood and Al Bakr.

Non-violent
August 29

Srinagar

Pakistan-based militant group JeM is planning more attacks on SFs in Jammu and Kashmir, DGP S. P. Vaid said and asked SFs to remain vigilant. S. P. Vaid said that the movement of militants has been noticed in many places. "We have inputs that they are planning strikes on security forces," he said. He noted that with "most local militant 'commanders' killed, foreign ultras were being pushed through the border to "attack security installations", but said there was "no high alert" in the Valley. The Jammu and Kashmir Police, Army and CRPF is likely to work out a joint strategy to tackle the situation.

Statement
August 29

J&K

The official said that since there was no JeM presence in South Kashmir till last month, the new development came after SFs achieved major successes against the LeT and HM whose militants including their 'chief commanders' Abu Dujana and Yaseen Itoo were killed by SFs. Sources said that SFs had already made inroads in the two outfits of LeT and HM which has blunted their striking capability. However, they said that security agencies didn't know much about the JeM as it surfaced in the region this month only. However, sources said, two local boys, one each from Tral and Bamno areas of Pulwama, have joined the JeM and are providing logistic support to these militants. The JeM was trying to set up base in South Kashmir and its two senior commanders, Adil Pathan and Burme stayed in South Kashmir for two years but failed to get any foothold before they were killed in Tral on October 8, 2015. However, they had some OGWs network which the security agencies felt these newly infiltrated militants may use. They, however, have been put under surveillance.

Statement
August 30

J&K

Two days before the August 26 deadly Pulwama attack, in which eight SFs personnel and three militant killed, the IB had shared two specific inputs with the SFs claiming that heavily armed and trained fidayeen attackers of Maulana Masood Azhar-led JeM had infiltrated from Pakistan and their targets were camps of military and other SFs. The information shared by IB was of "high priority" nature and it was felt that JeM was planning something on a major scale like last year's (2016) Pathankot IAF base attack. The first input, shared on August 23 claimed that seven JeM suicide attackers have entered India through the LoC at Poonch (Poonch District) on the intervening night of August 16-17 and have split into two groups - of four and three members. It added that one group was headed towards Jammu, while another was going to Srinagar.

The second IB communiqué, sent to ground forces on August 24, two days before the Pulwama attack, informed that four heavily armed JeM attackers had successfully infiltrated into the Jammu sector via Shakargarh in Narowal (Pakistani Punjab) to Gurdaspur on Indian side, on the intervening night of August 16-17. The border in Poonch sector on LoC is secured by Indian Army while Gurdaspur at IB is under the control of BSF.

The report also said that the DPL campus in Pulwama, which houses J&K Police families, was already abuzz with huge presence of security personnel on August 25 and August 26 due to some VIP movement. Sources said that the three JeM terrorists entered the camp wearing combat fatigues same as Indian SFs, hence they went unnoticed. Officials in SFs said they were aware of infiltration and all campuses were on high alert in J&K and Punjab but the IB inputs were not specific to Pulwama district lines. What is worrying the Government now is that out of 11 JeM fidayeen, who infiltrated on August 16-17 night, eight are still present in the Valley or Punjab due to which all SFs premises are on high alert. Senior Government officials added that infiltration of so many fidayeens in a day suggests that JeM is planning something big. The attackers were trained in 'targeted firing', had come prepared for a long hostage situation, and knew the SFs' drills at campuses, which suggests they were trained by Pakistan military. IB had informed that one "Burmi" from Pakistan had escorted the fidayeens to the border for crossing over to India and he will bring another group after he returns to Pakistan.

Non-violent
August 30

J&K

IGP Kashmir Range, Munir Ahmad Khan, said that the local militants have gone into hiding in upper reaches after 'Operation All-Out' was launched and they have given space to their foreign counterparts. The IGP denied that the SFs have lost grip on counter-insurgency operations. "There is no loose grip in our operations. The successes which the security forces got in which top commanders of Lashkar [LeT] or HM were eliminated, the militants have went into hiding and are trying to look for other ways to survive," he said. Khan said the militants have gone into hiding and they have reports that they have gone to higher reaches. "They used to freely roam in buildup areas that has now stopped," he said, adding that the local militants have "now given space to foreign militants whether of JeM or any other". The IGP said that one or two groups of JeM are still operating in South Kashmir and in the fringes of Srinagar District, even after the killing of three in August 26 Pulwama encounter that left eight security personnel dead.

Statement
August 31

Pulwama

The NIA visited DPL Pulwama where fidayeen attack took place on August 26 in which eight SFs personnel and three terrorists killed. A four member team of NIA visited Pulwama and met the senior Police officers of the district and later went to DPL Pulwama, the scene of the fidayeen attack. The Police officers gave them details about the attack and investigations carried out so far. Sources said that the NIA is keen to investigate the DPL attack which was carried out by JeM. As per sources, these militants had recently infiltrated into Jammu and Kashmir and carried out the attack at a time when SFs had put the militants under pressure after carrying out successful operations in which over three dozen militants including seven top 'commanders' of HM and LeT. However, sources said that the Jammu and Kashmir may continue to investigate the DPL attack.

Non-violent
August 31

Pulwama

Days after the fidayeen attack by the JeM in Pulwama on August 26, pro-Afzal Guru slogans have been found scrawled at the encounter site. Police view this as JeM's "bid to announce its comeback in mainland Kashmir", from where it had been eliminated in 2014. A top Police official confirmed that the three fidayeen militants who had stormed the DPL, Pulwama, on August 26 had used charcoal to write slogans in favour of Guru, who had been executed for his role in the Parliament attack in 2013.

Starting with "AGS (Afzal Guru Squad)", the slogan written inside one of the burnt DPL complexes read, "Afzal Guru ka intikaam" (Revenge of Afzal Guru). Eight security personnel had been killed in this attack.

This is the fourth time that the JeM has used the site of an attack to mention Guru's name, in an attempt to refer to the 'Al-Shohada Brigade' or 'Shaheed Afzal Guru Squad', formed by the organisation that reportedly carries out 'suicide missions only'. Earlier, similar pro-Guru graffiti had been found at the encounter sites in Pathankot and Nagrota in 2016. In Afghanistan, after India's consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif was attacked in 2016, similar graffiti had been found at the site, with a slogan written in blood claiming "revenge for Afzal Guru".

Non-violent
August 31

J&K

"A majority of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba militants have gone into hiding in the upper reaches of south Kashmir, and are banking on the JeM cadre. Our investigations reveal that the Jaish cadre has taken a leading role in carrying out strikes the government forces," said IGP, Kashmir, Muneer Khan.

Another senior official of the counter-insurgency cell said that the deadly Pulwama attack is the first by the JeM in mainland Kashmir in the past three years. "The attack was meant to announce its comeback in the Valley, from where it had been wiped out in 2014, either through the killing or arrest of its 16 members," a top counter-insurgency official said. Director General of Police (DGP), J&K, S. P. Vaid said that 'small groups' of JeM militants 'have infiltrated into Kashmir with the sole objective of carrying out suicide attacks on security establishments'.

Non-violent
September 2

J&K

SFs have launched a major drive to track down at least ten terrorists of JeM, who infiltrated into Kashmir Valley ten days ago from POK. Their three fellow militants were killed in a gun battle when they carried out a suicide attack on a Jammu & Kashmir Police complex in Pulwama on August 26. Admitting that tracking the elusive terrorists was proving to be difficult, sources in the security establishment said that the ultras were hiding in the densely populated Districts of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama.

Non-violent
September 4

China

For the first time, Pakistan-based terror groups like the LeT and the JeM were named for causing violence in the region by the BRICS Summit that also asserted that those responsible for committing, organising or supporting terror acts must be held accountable. In a significant diplomatic win for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was joined by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Brazilian President Michael Temer and South African President Jacob Zuma in strongly denouncing terror activities of such groups, as they expressed determination to collectively fight the scourge.

Non-violent
September 5

New Delhi

India summoned the acting High Commissioner of Pakistan and issued a demarche over the infiltration by a group of JeM terrorists who killed eight security personnel in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir on August 26. The MEA lodged a strong protest with Acting High Commissioner Haider Shah over the infiltration by the group hailing from Pakistan who staged a terror attack on August 26. In a statement, the MEA said Pakistan was asked to investigate the incident and bring to justice the individuals and entities responsible for orchestrating the heinous attack. The MEA said it was conveyed to the envoy that DNA samples of the neutralized terrorists have been preserved and can be made available for investigation in Pakistan.

Non-violent
September 9 Srinagar

The CRPF DG said that the JeM militants who stormed DP) Pulwama and killed eight security personnel have not been identified and they appeared to be foreigners. In reply to a question about number of militants in south Kashmir, he said: "I will not go into numbers as they are not important. The important thing is that we are ready for every challenge. Whatever the numbers, you have seen that we have achieved success. We will continue such actions in the future as well along with JKP and the Army."

Non-violent
September 24

LoC / Uri sector / Baramulla District

Army killed three JeM fidayeens (Suicide Squad) in Kalgi area near the LoC in Uri sector of Baramulla District and prevented last year's Uri Brigade headquarter type attack in which 19 Army personnel were killed. Early in the morning, SFs rescued a family where one of the militants was hiding and later the militant was killed in the gun battle. Another militant was hiding in the Masjid and he was later killed and third one was killed in the evening. Three AK series rifles, 10 AK magazines, 10 grenades, one UBGL and other war like stores were recovered from their possession. Army on September 25 recovered body of another militant, taking the number of militants killed in the operation to four

Violent
September 26

Uri / Baramulla District

Army killed a most wanted Kashmiri militant, Abdul Qayoom Najjar alias Jan Sahab alias Abid alias Wazir alias Qyoom Chacha and foiled a major infiltration attempt in Lacchipora area of Uri in Baramulla District. Sources said that a group of JeM militants attempted infiltration from Zorawar Post of Lacchipora in Uri sector during the night and alert troops spotted them at around 3 am on September 26. The troops challenged the infiltrating group of militants leading to an encounter in which one militant who was later identified as Qayoom Najjar was killed. The other militants of the group including his long time associate, Imtiaz Kandu fled away taking advantage of terrain and darkness. One AK-47 rifle, 4 AK magazines, several rounds of AK ammunition, one Chinese pistol, six pistol magazines, one matrix sheet, IED making equipment, one grenade, one GPS, one night vision, dry fruits, Pakistan made medicine, Pakistan and Indian currency, one stick and one rucksack were recovered from the spot.

Qayoom Najjar was a resident of Mumkak Sopore area of Baramulla District and was one of the longest surviving Kashmiri militant 'commanders' carrying a reward of INR10 lakh on his head. Najjar, had joined militancy at an age of 16. He was arrested in 1992 and later released. After his release, he recycled into the militancy in 1995. Though for many years, Najjar was a militant, but he always aspired to become a top commander after killing and arrest of top HM commanders, Najar was the senior most active commander and thus the de-facto operational chief of HM. Qayoom until 2015 was affiliated with HM but he broke away from the outfit and formed his own Lashkar-e-Islam which carried out series of attacks on mobile towers and killed several former militants and Hurriyat activists for their alleged links with SFs. Later in 2015, he crossed over to Pakistan and met HM 'supreme' Syed Salahudin but failed to patch up with his former boss. He, however, later joined JeM and had come to Kashmir to revive the outfit but was killed while sneaking in.

Violent
October 3

BSF camp near / Srinagar International Airport/ Srinagar District

JeM militants carried out a pre-dawn fidayeen (suicide) attack on a BSF camp near the high-security Srinagar International Airport in Srinagar District, in which an ASI of BSF was killed and three other SFs personnel were injured. Three militants were also killed in the exchange of fire with SFs. BSF officials said an ASI of the force was killed in the attack on the 182nd Battalion camp. Two BSF jawans (troopers) and a Policeman were also injured in the attack, the officials said. The attack took place at 4.00 am, they said. JeM has claimed responsibility for the attack.

While addressing a press conference after eliminating the three fidayeen, Inspector General of Police Kashmir, Muneer Ahmad Khan said that the attackers entered the BSF camp by cutting the fence between Friends Colony and Gogoland. "They cut the fence and taking advantage of darkness entered administrative block and GOs Mess. One of them was eliminated outside the building. They were wearing Army uniform and two of them were later killed in a brief gun fight", said Khan. "The operation was delayed to ensure zero collateral damage as there are residential houses near the camp. The operation which started at 4 am ended at 1 pm," he said. Khan said that JeM is responsible for the attack. "The group is from JeM and they have taken responsibility as well", he said. "They had infiltrated in July-August from Shakkarpur in Jammu. Three of them were killed in Pulwama when they attack Police Lines last month. They are now left with 6-7 members and we are looking for them and we will eliminate them", he said. The IGP said that the JeM is a threat as they are known for doing such type of attacks. "We will deal with them differently", he added. Khan said that the OGWs network of Jaish has been identified and they know who provided them logistics for reaching the airport and DPL Pulwama. "We have started acting against them", he added.

Violent
October 4

Srinagar

While three JeM militants were killed by BSF at Humhama camp near the Srinagar Airport on October 3, Police said the dead infiltrators were part of a group of seasoned and trained jihadis who had crossed over sometime in August, and they are bracing for more attacks. A senior intelligence officer said around 16 armed JeM terrorists had infiltrated into the Indian side. While some spread out into Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama and Shopian districts of south Kashmir, three to four terrorists are believed to be in Srinagar alone. IG-Kashmir range, Munir Ahmad Khan said the group of three terrorists, who carried out the Humhama Fidayeen attack, were from the same group that struck DPL Pulwama on August 26, in which eight security personnel and three militants were killed. "Four terrorists were killed in Uri on September 25. Six to seven of them are still at large and could carry another attack," IG Khan said, adding that SFs are on high alert. Sources said the terrorists had infiltrated from two places and four more jihadis are on their radar.

According to intelligence reports, October 3's attack was carried out by 'Afzal Guru Squad', which had started out of Pulwama district and sought shelter in residential buildings in Srinagar before attacking the BSF camp. Sources said the terrorists' initial target was the Srinagar airport but they changed their plan because of the strong security arrangement there. Plus, porous fencing on the BSF camp's rear side made it a relatively easy target. IG Khan, however, denied reports of damaged fencing and said the terrorists

Statement
October 9

Ladoora village /Sopore / Baramulla District.

The 'Chief operational commander' of JeM, Khalid Ahmad alias Khalid Bhai alias Shahid Showkat, was killed in a gun battle in Ladoora village of Sopore area of Baramulla District. Acting on a specific input regarding the movement of JeM 'chief operational commander' in Ladoora area of Sopore, Police laid an ambush at Woveri Mohalla Ladoora. Khalid fired upon the naka party which was retaliated, ensuing an encounter. He was injured but managed to escape from the spot and entered into a residential house. The SFs immediately cordoned off the house and in the meanwhile CRPF and Army also joined the operation. During search, the JeM commander fired again upon the search party. The fire was retaliated and in the ensuing encounter, he was killed.

Khalid Ahmad, who is a Pakistani national, was the mastermind behind the fidayeen (suicide) attacks in Jammu and Kashmir including recent attack on BSF near Srinagar Airport (October 3, 2017) and District Police Lines Pulwama (August 26, 2017) and on 46 RR Army Camp in 2016 at Khajabagh, Baramulla (October 2, 2016). A Police spokesman said that, "Khalid alias Shahid Showkat was constantly exploring the opportunities to kill the security forces/ police personnel and to attack police/ security establishments in the State. He was motivating youth and poor boys to join his outfit for execution of grenade attacks against monetary benefits on behalf of Pak based JeM commanders." The spokesman said that he was involved in a number of civilian killing cases and many fidayeen attacks in Kashmir valley. "The terrorist was involved in the recent attack on one SPO namely Altaf Ahmad Khan at Hajin Handwara in which the SPO along with his son and father got seriously injured", he said.

Violent
October 13

Tral / Pulwama District

A JeM militant, Gulzar Ahmad Dar, who targeted Public Works Minister, Naeem Akhtar, in Tral on September 21 killing three civilians and injuring 30 others, was arrested by SFs from Naristan village in Tral in Pulwama District. One Chinese pistol was recovered from his possession.

Police said that Dar joined JeM after hurling a grenade upon motorcade of R&B Minister at Bus Stand Tral in which 3 civilians were killed and 30 persons including 7 CRPF and 2 Police personnel were injured. Police said that during sustained questioning, Dar admitted that he had hurled grenade on the instructions of JeM 'commander' Mufti Vikas, resident of Pakistan and Noor Mohammad Tantray, resident of Darganie Gund, Tral in Pulwama District. "Pertinent to mention here that the said terrorist was earlier active with JeM outfit in 2014 and he has lobbed a grenade at bus stand Tral in which five persons lost their lives on 5th of December 2014. A case FIR number 121/2014 under Section 307/RPC, 2/5 explosive substance already stands registered in Police Station Tral. He was arrested and released after 2 years in January 2017", Police said. During questioning, Dar admitted that his four associates, all foreign militants, are hiding in a hideout in Pastuna forest Tral area of Pulwama District. SFs immediately launched a search operation in the forest area. During searches, militants hiding in the hideout fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated but taking advantage of the dense forest, they managed to escape from the hideout.

Non-violent
November 6

Aglar Kandi village / Pulwama District

Three JeM militants and a soldier were killed while two soldiers were injured during an encounter at Aglar Kandi village of Pulwama District. Two AK-47 rifles and a pistol were recovered from the debris of the house, where the encounter took place. One of them slain militant was identified as Waseem of Drubgam in Pulwama while two others were from Pakistan. A civilian Tariq Ahmad Bhat, son of Ghulam Mohammad Bhat of Aglar Kandi, was also injured when clashes between locals and SFs erupted in the area amid encounter.

Violent
November 7

J&K

An unnamed senior UMHA official stated that one of the three terrorists killed by SFs in Pulwama District is believed to be Tallah Rashid, son of Abdul Rauf, the key conspirator behind the 1999 hijacking of an Air India plane and brother of JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar. The other killed militants were identified as Mehmood Bhai, the 'divisional commander' of JeM in the South Kashmir; and Wasim Ahmed Ganie. While the first two were in the category of 'most wanted' militants carrying cash rewards, the third was a local and had joined militancy in May 2017. A JeM 'spokesperson', identifying himself as Hassan Shah, sent a statement to local news agencies claiming that one of the slain militants was Tallah Rashid, the nephew of Maulana Masood Azhar.

Non-violent
November 14

Tral / Pulwama District

The SFs neutralized a militant hideout in the Lam forest area of Tral in Pulwama District. The hideout was busted after exchange of fire between militants and SFs. Sources said that SFs cordoned off Lam forest area after reports about presence of at least 3-4 militants of JeM hiding there. However, militants fired on the SFs and managed to escape. The searches against the group continued throughout the day.

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