Incidents and Statements involving Jaish-e-Mohammed
Nature of incident
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.
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."
||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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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".
"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
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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
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
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.
BSF camp near / Srinagar International Airport/
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Declaring that Afghanistan's stability and security
was tied to that of the entire region, India has demanded an end
to the 'Special Terrorist Zones' in Pakistan where militant outfits,
the LeT and JeM are protected. "It is imperative to address the
support that terrorist organisations like the Taliban, Haqqani
Network, Islamic State (IS), al Qaeda and its designated affiliates
such as the LeT and JeM operating outside the fabric of international
law, draw from outside Afghanistan," India's Deputy Permanent
Representative, Tanmaya Lal told the UN General Assembly during
a debate on the situation in that country. "The Special Terrorist
Zones, safe havens and sanctuaries beyond Afghanistan's border
must end," he added, without naming Pakistan while the context
made clear the country he was referring to.
Intelligence agencies are scrambling to verify
an input that JeM 'chief' Maulana Masood Azhar is setting up a
special squad to target prominent politicians, including senior
cabinet ministers and a high-profile chief minister. The input
was shared with all stakeholders at an intelligence meeting last
week, sources said. As per the initial tip-off, JeM and LeT have
come together for the task and are using a Bangladesh-based cadre
for logistics. Some of the men assigned to execute the task are
learnt to have already crossed the border, the intelligence input
suggested. As per intercepted chatter, reports about a CM moving
around with minimal security has made him one of the prime targets.
Sources, however, said the input was yet to be fully corroborated.
Teams from a foreign intelligence agency is learnt to have visited
the hideout mentioned near Dhaka but did not find anything.
An encounter raged between the SFs and the militants
in Budgam District. Official source said that on a tip off about
the presence of militants, SFs and SOG of Jammu and Kashmir launched
a joint search operation in a village in Charar-e-Sharief in the
District early in the morning. However, when the SFs were moving
towards a particular area in the village, militants hiding there
resorted to indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons, they
said adding SFs also retaliated, ensuing an encounter. At least
two JeM militants are reportedly trapped. Sources said that it
is believed two to three militants are hiding in the area. No
further details waited.
Futli Pora area / Budgam District
Four militants of the JeM were killed in an encounter
in Futli Pora area in Budgam District. A Police spokesman said:
"Acting on specific information, Budgam Police along with 10 Gadwal
and CRPF launched a CASO in Futli Pora area of Police Post Pakherpora,
Charar-e-Sharief in Budgam. During the search operation, terrorists
hiding in the area fired upon the joint search party. The fire
was retaliated, ensuing an encounter. Four terrorists were killed
in the encounter. One of the killed terrorists was identified
as Shabir Ahmad Dar resident of Thokerpora Pulwama. The identity
of other two foreign terrorists is being ascertained. Three AK
rifles, 3 AK magazines, 111 AK rounds and other ammunition was
recovered from the encounter site." During the encounter, locals
staged protest and clashed with the SFs, who fired teargas and
pellets against the stone-throwing protesters to bring the situation
under control. During protests, one boy sustained bullet injuries
in arm. Locals set ablaze a vehicle in the area as they suspected
it had been hired by Army. Internet services were suspended in
Pulwama and Budgam Districts in the wake of the encounter. Police
have handed over the body of militant Shabir Ahmad Dar of Thokerpora
to his family.
Tral / Pulwama District
A foreign militant of JeM, identified as Umar
Bhai of Pakistan, was killed in a mine blast at Tral in Pulwama
District. Police said on a tip-off, the SFs recovered body of
the dead militant. The militant was killed when an IED, he was
Wanipora area / Shopian
Two JeM militants were killed in an overnight
encounter with SFs in Shopian District, the Army said on December
19. SFs launched a cordon and search operation in Wanipora area
of Shopian in the evening of December 18 following information
about presence of militants in the area, an unnamed Army official
said. He said the search operation turned into an encounter as
militants opened firing towards the SFs. "Two militants have been
killed so far and the operation is still in progress", he further
Samboora / Pulwama District
A JeM 'commander', identified as Noor Muhammad
Tantray was killed in an encounter in Samboora in Pulwama District
of Jammu and Kashmir. Noor Muhammad Tantray, was on the wanted
list of the Indian Army. Acting on a tip-off, a crack team of
Jammu and Kashmir Police cordoned off a house where two JeM militants
were believed to be holed up, the Police said. Tantray was the
'divisional commander' of the militant group and was reportedly
behind the recent attack by the JeM in Kashmir. He was lodged
in Tihar jail and then later released on parole.
According to reports, Noor Mohammad Tantray had
taken over command of the JeM in South Kashmir in October 2017
and was engineering the outfit's bid to regroup in the Valley.
He was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA
court in 2011 but had jumped parole a few months ago and rejoined
militancy. In January 2011, Tantray and four others, including
two from Kashmir, were sentenced to life imprisonment by a POTA
court in Delhi. After being lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail for some
time, he was shifted to Srinagar. Tantray was released on parole
in 2015, after which the Jammu and Kashmir High Court extended
his parole several times. Tantray's death is seen as a big blow
to the militant outfit as he was the key man in reviving JeM in
south and central Kashmir.
Pampore / Pulwama District
Militants carried out a fidayeen attack
on a CRPF camp in the early morning at Letpora in Pampore in Pulwama
District, killing five CRPF personnel while two of the militants
were later shot dead in the operation. The militants who were
killed in the attack were identified as Manzoor Ahmad Baba, and
Fardeen Ahmad Khanday both residents of Kashmir. Sources said
that at least three fidayeens stormed into the camp by
firing indiscriminately and lobbed grenades. The 4-storey building
consisted of 3 blocks and block-one was used for officer's family
accommodation, 2nd block as main office while block three as camp
and it was targeted by militants. Soon after the attack, reinforcement
of Army's Special Forces and SOG rushed to the spot and cordoned
off the whole area amid fierce gunfight. In the initial exchange
of gunfight, seven CRPF personnel were injured. Five of them were
The IG of CRPF Ravideep Sahi said heavily armed
Pakistani fidayeens entered the camp in the dead of the
night, which might have surprised the personnel and threw grenades
and fired at them. "This was a deadly fidayeen attack by the Pakistani
terrorists on the last day of 2017. Five of our boys laid down
their lives to repulse the attack on the camp on the Srinagar-Jammu
highway," IG Sahi said. JeM claimed responsibility for the fidayeen
attack. A JeM statement to local media said: "The blood of martyrs
is yielding results... Talha Rasheed, Mohammad Bhai, commander
Noor Mohammad Tantray and all other martyrs of Kashmir are not
heirless..." The statement threatened more attacks on SFs.