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Pulwama attack mastermind killed in encounter in J-K

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Srinagar: The mastermind of the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel, has been killed in an encounter in south Kashmir's Tral area, officials said yesterday.

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist Mudasir Ahmed Khan was one of the two militants killed in the encounter in Tral's Pinglish area that started Sunday evening and went on till the early hours of yesterday, they said.

The body of the second militant has not been identified yet, said the officials, who had earlier claimed he was Sajjad Bhat, a JeM operative whose car was used in the Pulwama attack.

Bhat's brother refused to take the body, saying it was charred beyond recognition. Khan's body has been taken by his family members, the officials said.

Khan was the "main conspirator" of the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Pulwama, Lt General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillon, General Officer Commanding, XV Corps, said at a hurriedly called joint press conference by the Army, state police and the paramilitary force.

CRPF Inspector General (Operations) in Jammu and Kashmir, Zulfiqar Hasan said,"Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias 'Mohd Bhai', was among the two militants killed in the encounter in Tral's Pinglish area in Pulwama district."

He, however, refused to term this as avenging the deaths in the February 14 terror strike."We are peace keepers and we ensure that no one raises a gun against the country," Hasan said.

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