JeM commander killed in J&K gunfight

JeM commander killed in J&K gunfight

In a major blow to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), Noor Mohammad Tantray, considered the brain behind the terror outfit's revival in the Valley, was killed in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, police said today.

In a separate operation, a crack team of Jammu and Kashmir police cordoned off a house in the Samboora area of Pulwama district where two JeM terrorists were believed to be holed up, police said.

In the ensuing encounter, Tantray was killed whereas there was no information about the presence of the second militant, it said.

SP Vaid, Director General of police, said Noor Mohammad and his associates were planning to attack a convoy on the Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The forces say, Noor Trali, was the Divisional commander of JeM outfit in South Kashmir. His elimination is a setback to the JeM and a very good success for the security forces.

Noor, who is an offender in a case, was booked in a Delhi jail for some time in 2003.

"Encounter going on since last evening in Awantipura district". He was also involved in an attack of October on the BSF camp near Srinagar airport. "He was granted a 15-day parole in 2015, but he had been on the run since then", the officer said.

Consequently, he remained in Tral in South Kashmir and became a major overground worker of JeM.

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