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Jaish-e-Mohammed's key aide killed in Kashmir

February 19, 2019

A close aide of Jaish-e-Mohammad commander Masood Azhar was killed in an encounter in Pulwama on Monday. The name of the aide was Kamran and security forces say he was close to Azhar and responsible for recruiting and training terrorists in the Kashmir Valley.

Another terrorist was also killed and he has been identified as Ghazi Rasheed, who specialized in making explosives.

Also killed were four soldiers, one of them an officer in an overnight encounter with Jaish terrorists in Pulwama. This happened just 10 km from the site where over 40 soldiers were killed in a terror attack on 14 February. The soldiers killed belonged to the 55 Rashtriya Rifles.

Indian forces received a tip off that three terrorists, including the handler of the Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar, were hiding in Pinglan.

Kamran was believed to have masterminded the attack on the CRPF soldiers, which is the worst on security forces in Kashmir. Dar drove his car close to a CRPF convoy of 78 buses on the Jammu-Srinagar highway and detonated around 60 kg of RDX, killing over 40 personnel reporting to duty after leave. Gazi was the bomb-maker.

In a major diplomatic offensive against Pakistan, India has highlighted its role in using terrorism as an instrument of state policy. It has demanded that Pakistan should take immediate and verifiable action against terrorists and terror groups operating from areas under its control.

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