Mastermind Abu Qasim Killed in Encounter in South Kashmir

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Srinagar:  In a major success for security forces, top Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Abu Qasim, accused of masterminding the Udhampur attack, was killed in an overnight encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir.
30-year-old Qasim, who was from Bahawalpur in Pakistan, had planned the attack on a Border Security Force convoy in Udhampur on August 5, according to the National Investigation Agency. Two BSF personnel were killed in that attack. While one of the terrorists, Mohammed Noman, was killed in retaliatory fire, another, Mohammad Naveed, was later captured by villagers.

Last night, a joint team of the Army and police launched an operation in Khandipora village of Kulgam following a tip-off about Qasim’s presence in the area. A fierce gunbattle broke out around 2 am in which Qasim was killed.

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