JeM commander, Mufti Waqas, responsible for Sunjuwan attack shot dead

Yolanda Curtis
March 6, 2018

The mastermind of the Sunjuwan terror attack was on Monday killed in a shootout by the army in south Kashmir.

Three terrorists, all of them Pakistan nationals who managed to enter the Junior Commissioned Officer's residential quarters, were killed in the anti-terror operation by the security forces. Mufti Waqas was also involved in many attacks on security including the recent Sunjwan attack.

An Army spokesperson while speaking to reporters said no collateral damage or any civilian casualty occurred during the counter-terror operation to eliminate Waqas.

"This has resulted in a major dent to the designs of JeM after the elimination of their earlier operational commander Noor Mohammad Tantrey in the same area on December 17".

The killing Mufti Waqas has been termed as a major blow to Masood Azhar led Jaish-e-Mohammad. Weapons and incriminating materials like IED preparation material has been recovered.

As per the reports, Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) commander Mufti Waqas who was recently involved in the attack at Sunjuwan Army Station in Jammu was killed in a brief fight.

In a separate statement, police said during search operation, the search party was sacked upon by the hiding terrorist and during retaliatory fire Waqas, alias Abu Arsalan, was killed. Last November, Rashid and Mehmood Bhai of Jaish were killed in an encounter in Aglar village in Pulwama.

Waqas, a Pakistani intruder, was holed up today in Hatwar area of Pulwama district's Awantipora region.

Waqas was also the mastermind of the attack on a camp of Central Reserve Police Force in Lethpora on December 31, 2017, the Army said. Jaish's revival in Kashmir took place after two of their groups infiltrated through Kupwara and another through Poonch in August previous year.

Waqas was also responsible for radicalising local boys Fardeen Khandey and Manzoor Baba who had carried out the suicide attack on the CRPF camp in Lethpora on the intervening night of December 30 and December 31 past year. Police sources said Waqas was responsible for recruiting these local fidayeens - a new phenomenon that has anxious security agencies.

Manzoor Ahmad Bhat, a local militant from Seer Jagir in Baramulla district had also taken part in a fidayeen attack in Srinagar city in January 2010.

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