The Lashkar-e-Tayiba has reacted to reports which spoke about a vacancy in the outfit following the death of Abu Ismail. He was a commander not the chief of the outfit, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba said.
Has the Lashkar-e-Tayiba come out with a new strategy in the Kashmir Valley. There is a vacancy that none wants to fill. While, it was speculated that Zeenat-ul-Islam would take over as the boss following the death of Abu Ismail, it appears as though the post still lies vacant.
Following the horrific Amarnath yatra attack, security forces have been on the trail of Abu Ismail, the Lashkar-e-Tayiba terrorist. Ismail the mastermind of the attack was killed in an encounter with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.
Spotted, cornered, trapped and killed in 3 minutes. This is how one could summarise the operation that led to the killing of Abu Ismail, the mastermind of the Amarnath yatra attack. Ismail and his associate Chhota alias Abu Qasim from the Lashkar-e-Tayiba were killed on Thursday in a brief and meticulous encounter.
The killing of Abu Dujana in an encounter at Kashmir was one of the most successful operations that the forces carried out. He was a Grade A++ militant and after making nearly 20 escape bids thanks to his mastery in disguise, he was finally smoked out by the security forces.
The security forces have streamlined the security grid in a bid to track down the main accused in the Amarnath yatra attack. This would help the security who have launched a massive manhunt for Abu Ismail who plotted the attack on the yatris on Monday in which seven persons had died.
Investigations being into the Amarnath yatra attack have shown that the operation was coordinated by the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. Investigations also confirmed that Abu Ismail was part of the attack and he was one of the two Pakistanis on the scene.
There was a quick denial from the Lashkar-e-Tayiba following the Amarnath yatra attack. While the writing is on the wall that the attack was staged and executed by its commander in South Kashmir, Abu Ismail, the outfit still went ahead and denied it. Worse, it blamed the Indian agencies for the attack.
Abu Ismail, the Category A terrorist who carries a bounty of Rs 10 lakh on his head had directed his overground operatives to find an easy target during the Amarnath yatra. Based on his instructions, first a reconnaissance for three days was conducted.
It is now confirmed that a terrorist by the name Abu Ismail masterminded the attack on the Amarnath yatra in which seven persons were killed. Ismail is part of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba and is a resident of Pakistan occupied Kashmir.