Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Sunjuwan terror attack mastermind gunned down in Kashmir valley

Srinagar: The security forces on Monday gunned down the mastermind of the Sunjuwan Army base terror attack in south Kashmir. The slain terrorist was a Pakistani national.

Mufti Waqas was killed in an encounter at Hatiwara area of Lethpora village

According to an official, Mufti Waqas was killed in an encounter at Hatiwara area of Lethpora village in a joint operation of the Army’s 50 RR, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police’s SOG.

“The mastermind of the Sunjuwan terrorist attack and Letapore terrorist attack, Jaish-e-Mohammad operational commander Mufti Waqas has been eliminated in a surgical operation,” said Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia.

The security forces have recovered weapons and incriminating materials like IED preparation material from the site where the terrorist was neutralised.

In this encounter, one policeman also sustained minor injuries and was shifted to a nearby hospital, said a police official.

The slain terrorist, Waqas was behind the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) attack on an Army camp in Jammu’s Sunjuwan on February 10 this year, which led to the deaths of 10 people, including six Army personnel, one civilian and three terrorists.

Killing of Waqas is being seen as a major blow to the terror outfit operating in the Kashmir valley.

“This has resulted in a major dent to the designs of JeM, as after elimination of their earlier operational commander Noor Mohd Tantray in the same area in December 17, his successor too has been killed,” said Col Kalia.

Officials said that Waqas, a Pakistani national who had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley in 2017, was functioning as the operational commander of the terror outfit and had sent ‘fidayeens’ (suicide attackers) from Tral in South Kashmir to Jammu where they had carried out the strike on the Army camp on February 10.

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