In a major development, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist and Amarnath terror attack mastermind Abu Ismail and his aide were killed by security forces in Nowgam on Thursday.

We have full details of the encounter as told by Gen JS Sandhu and other sources.

  Abu Ismail was gunned down in a joint operation by Army, CRPF and SOG in Nowgam area on Srinagar bypass,which is not very far away from place where he had targeted Amarnath yatris.

—  It was a swift, quick, intelligence based joint operation.

—  The intel about his presence was developed by SOG. In between there were several intel reports about him but he changed his position after getting tip off on troop movement.

The operation was launched at around 1645 hrs. Within few minutes both the terrorists were gunned down.

“We have managed to eliminate top commanders of terror organisations like JeM, HM & LeT. We have few more on the list. Will take care of them too,” Mr Sandhu added.

Ismail had masterminded the attack on Amarnath pilgrims in July killing eight people. He has also been involved in many other militant attacks in J&K.