- Pakistani national Abu Ismail has emerged as the mastermind of the attack on Amarnath pilgrims.
- According to the official, Ismail has been active in Kashmir for several years.
- Lashkar has not only distanced itself from the attack on Amarnath pilgrims but also condemned the attack.
SRINAGAR: Security forces have launched a massive hunt to track down Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) terrorist and Pakistani national Abu Ismail, who has emerged as themastermind of the deadly attack on Amarnath pilgrims+ .
Proactive operations have been launched, mainly in south Kashmir, to track down Ismail as investigations including communication intercepts have pointed out to his involvement in the attack on Amarnath pilgrims, a senior police official said.
Seven Amarnath pilgrims, including six women, were killed+ and 19 injured when terrorists attacked a bus in Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Monday evening.
The official said the attack in Anantnag appears to be a reprisal for killing of several Lashkar terrorists including Bashir Lashkari in an encounter with security forces earlier this month.
“The terrorists are frustrated at the back to back losses suffered by them during counter-insurgency operations over the past month or so and have now resorted to attacking civilians and tourists,” he said.
Source: Times Of India