SRINAGAR, India, July 31 (Reuters) – The mastermind behind a 2019 assault that killed 40 Indian paramilitary troops has been killed in a shootout with safety forces, Indian police in Kashmir stated on Saturday.
Mohammad Ismail Alvi, the commander of militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad was killed south of the regional capital Srinagar, Vijay Kumar, the police chief of Kashmir advised Reuters.
“Mohammad Ismail Alvi alias Lamboo alias Adnan was from the household of Masood Azhar. He was concerned in conspiracy and planning of Lethpora Pulwama assault,” Kumar stated.
A suicide bomber rammed a automotive right into a bus carrying Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir on February 14, 2019, killing 40 of them within the deadliest assault in a long time on safety forces within the disputed area, elevating tensions with arch foe Pakistan.
The Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) claimed accountability for the assault.
The Indian authorities accused Pakistan of letting militant teams function from its soil and known as on it to take motion. Islamabad stated it rejected the suggestion it was linked to the assault.
Kashmir is a Muslim-majority area on the coronary heart of a long time of hostility between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan. The neighbours each rule elements of the area whereas claiming the whole territory as theirs.
Writing by Sudarshan Varadhan; Enhancing by Christina Fincher
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