The mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack on a CRPF convoy killing 44 soldiers has reportedly been killed in an encounter with security forces in Pinglan area of Pulwama district in South Kashmir on 18 February 2019. Pulwama Terror Attack is the worst-ever attack in Jammu and Kashmir since militancy erupted in the state in 1989.
Visuals: The 4 Army personnel including a Major, who were killed in action during encounter between terrorists and security forces, in Pinglan area of Pulwama district, belonged to 55 Rashtriya Rifles. #JammuAndKashmir (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/Wa2sxz3bzT
— ANI (@ANI) February 18, 2019
Kamran alias Ghazi Rasheed was the mastermind of the Pulwama terror attack which took place on February 14.
A joint team of Indian Army’s 55 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF and Special Operation Group launched a cordon in the wee hours on Monday. Abdul Rashid Ghazi, a Jaish-e-Mohammad commander and an Afghan war veteran is believed to have been killed in the operation. Three jawans and a Major-ranking officer were martyred in the encounter. The four Army personnel belonged to 55 Rashtriya Rifles, news agency ANI reported. Meanwhile, one civilian has also reportedly lost his life during the operation. The security forces also recovered ane AK-47 and one pistol.
Abdul Rashid Gazi is believed to have received directions from his Pakistan-based boss Maulana Masood Azhar to carry out a major terror strike in India.
The 30-year-old, a Pakistani national, was a close and trusted aide of JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar. He was an Afghan war veteran and an IED specialist and joined the terror group in 2008. Reportedly, Ghazi had trained Pulwama suicide bomber Adil Dar and was commanding all Jaish operations in India. Ghazi was trained by the Taliban in Afghanistan and would train Jaish recruits in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.
He reportedly infiltrated into India nearly two months ago, through the porous borders in Kupwara. Kamran, a senior commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) was later sent to India with arms and ammunition to carry out the terror strike in Pulwama.
The encounter comes four days after Adil Ahmed Dar, a local muslim militant recruited by the JeM, rammed a car full of 350kg of explosives, into a military convoy, leading to the death of 44 CRPF jawans. Dar, a school dropout who lived 10 km from the site where he blew himself up, was recruited by Kamran, it is believed. Also Read: Pulwama Attack: Shocking Story of ‘Suicide Bomber’ Adil Ahmad Dar
Pakistan on Sunday denied its role in the Pulwama terror attack
The country said that accusations were India’s tactics to put the blame on the neighbours for its security and intelligence failures. Pakistan also said that the accusations were consistent with “well-rehearsed tactics from Indian playbook after such previous incidents”.
“These knee-jerk and pre-conceived accusations were rejected also because they were made within a short time after the attack and without any investigations,” Mohammad Faisal, spokesperson of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan, tweeted on Sunday.
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