A top commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit was killed in an overnight encounter with security forces in Samboora village of Pulwama district on Monday.
Sources said a gunfight erupted after a joint team of the army’s 50-Rashtriya Rifles and special operations group (SOG) of the Jammu and Kashmir Police laid siege in Samboora, Pulwama, 32 km from here, late on Monday night, following inputs about the presence of some militants in the area.
“Two JeM militants, who were trapped in a house, fired on the search party which was retaliated. In an overnight encounter the house was brought down by the security forces,” they said.
A police spokesman said that the body of one militant has been recovered so far along with arms and ammunition.
He identified the slain militant as Noor Mohammad Trantray alias Noor Trail, a divisional commander of the JeM outfit.
“The slain militant was one of the chief architects of the BSF camp attack near Srinagar airport this year (October). He was heading the Jaish in Kashmir. Besides he was wanted in a number of offences in the south and central Kashmir,” he said.
The trail was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.
He was released on parole in 2015 but reportedly jumped parole and rejoined militancy.
The police said his death is a big blow to the JeM as he was the key man in reviving the outfit in the south and central Kashmir.
J&K Director General of police, Shesh Pal Vaid in a tweet said that the slain militant along with his associates were planning to attack a convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.
“There was input about the presence of two to three militants near the national highway planning to attack a convoy. One body of a militant has been recovered so far and the search for others is going on,” the DGP tweeted.
Meanwhile, authorities have snapped internet services in Pulwama district and the Railways has suspended train services to south Kashmir.