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Jaish commander from Azhar Masood’s family among 2 slain militants in Pulwama gunfight: Kashmir police

[15:38, 31/07/2021] Tehseen: The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said that a top Jaish-e-Muhammad commander belonging to the family of the group’s chief Masood Azhar and involved in the planning of the 2019 Pulwama attack, was slain along with a local associate during an encounter in Pulwama district.

Armed forces launched a cordon and search operation in the forest area of Namibian and Marsar and the general area of Dachigam on Saturday 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 a search party of the forces, who retaliated.

Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said, “Topmost Pakistani militant affiliated with 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 (NIA),” Kumar said.

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

The police said that second militant slain in the encounter was Sameer Dar from Pulwama. He was also involved in Lethpora attack and figured in NIA’s chargesheet.

Out of 19 accused, 8 militants have been slain so far. In the exchange of firing, two militants were killed, the official said.

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