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Mastermind of Sunjuwan attack killed at Lethpora: Army

Mastermind of Sunjuwan attack killed at Lethpora: Army

Mufti Waqas was killed by security forces in a brief encounter in Hatwar area of Jammu and Kashmir's Awantipur. Five Army men and a civilian, father of one of the deceased soldier, were killed and nine others including women and children were injured when the four JeM fidayeen attacked the camp. He was the mastermind behind several terrorist attacks on security forces including Sunjuwan attack.

Sources said Waqas was a close aide of dwarf terrorist Noor Trali, who played major role in re-organising LeT in Kashmir. Waqas also known as Abu Arsalan was the chief operational commander of JeM. Army has also recovered many weapons and incriminating material like IED preparations material.

Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar said based on specific intelligence about the presence of a terrorist in Hatwar village, a joint operation was launched by 50 Rashtriya Riffles (RR), Jammu and Kashmir police and the CRPF.

Six soldiers were martyred in the pre-dawn strike when Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists stormed the highly fortified 36 Brigade headquarters of Army at Sunjuwan in Jammu on February 10.

Waqas, a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant, was wanted for carrying out the Sunjuwan army camp attack in which seven people were killed.

Waqas was also responsible for radicalising local boys Fardeen Khandey and Manzoor Baba who had carried out a suicide attack on a CRPF camp in South Kashmir's Lethpora on the intervening night of December 30 and December 31, 2017.

He said, "During the surgical operation, the mastermind of the Sunjuwan and Lethpora terrorist attacks and Jaish-e-Muhammed operational commander Mufti Waqas was eliminated".

India claimed that these militants were from Pakistan, but Islamabad repeatedly denied the allegations.

The encounter of Waqas is a major milestone in the anti-terror operations being carried out by the Indian security forces.

Earlier, the terror group's operational commander Noor Mohd Tantrey was killed in the same area on December 17, 2017.

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