Srinagar, March 6: Indian troops getting a major breakthrough in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday eliminated Sunjwan attack mastermind and Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Mufti Waqas after a fierce gun battle that took place in Awantipora area. The body of slain terrorist along with arms and ammunition were recovered from the encounter spot.
Security forces including Jammu and Kashmir’s police Special Operations Group, Army’s Rashtriya Rifle and 130 battalion of CRPF carried out cordon and search operations in Awantipora area after getting the specific input about the presence of few terrorists.
As the forces closed in on the hiding terrorists, the fired at the security forces triggering the encounter after which Sunjwan attack mastermind Mufti Waqas was killed. Weapons and incriminating materials like Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) preparation material have been recovered from the encounter spot.
The Inspector general of Jammu and Kashmir police, S.P Pani said, “Waqas, the operation commander of JeM, has been eliminated in Awantipora. He was the mastermind behind several terrorist attacks on security forces including the Sunjwan attack.” “He is a foreign terrorist,” S.P Pani added.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police SP Vaid said on a Twitter, “Jaish commander Mufti Vakas has been killed in an encounter at Hatiwara Awantipora. He was Cheif Commander of JEM in J&K & mastermind of suicidal attacks of Sunjuwan , Lethpora , Pulwama DPL and BSF at Srinagar airport.”
On 10 February, a group of heavily armed terrorists belonged to Jaish-e-Muhammad terror outfit stormed into the Sunjwan army camp in Jammu and Kashmir, after hurling grenades and using automatic gunfire. In this attack, six army personnel and one civilian were also killed while 11 others were injured. However, after 24 hours gunfight, Indian security forces eliminated all four terrorists.
On 23 February, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) moving a step ahead registered a case in connection with the Sunjwan army camp attack and began a probe. Importantly, the terrorist had attacked the same army station in 2006. Twelve soldiers were killed and seven others were injured in that attack before the two fidayeen (suicide) terrorists were killed.