SRINAGAR: Security forces on Monday killed Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist Mufti Waqas, believed to be the mastermind of last month’s Sunjuwan terror attack, during an encounter in South Kashmir’s Awantipora, officials said here
Acting on a specific intelligence input, a small team of the Army along with the elite Special Operations Group cordoned off the Hatwar area in Awantipur and carried out a “surgical attack” on a house, the Army said
Jaish-e-Mohammed’s operational commander Waqas, the mastermind of the terror attack on the Sunjawan Army camp in Jammu and the suicide attack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir’s Lethpora, was killed in the surgical operation, it said
There have been no civilian casualties or collateral damage, the Army said
Waqas’s killing has dented the designs of the JeM as it comes after the elimination of the terror group’s operational commander Noor Mohd Tantrey in the same area on December 17
According to officials, 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
Five Army men, including two junior commissioned officers (JCOs), and the father of a soldier were killed in the attack by the terrorists who struck at the sprawling camp of the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI).
Source: Press Trust of India