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Pulwama attack mastermind Mudasir believed to be killed in encounter: J&K Police

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WION Web Team Srinagar Mar 11, 2019, 08.53 AM (IST)

Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist and one of the masterminds of Pulwama attack Mudasir Ahmed Khan, alias ‘Mohd Bhai’ is believed to be killed in an encounter in the Tral area of Jammu and Kashmir.

Based on a credible input about the presence of terrorists in Pinglish area of Tral Awantipora, a cordon and search operation was launched today jointly by Police and security forces in the area.

As the searches were going on, the search party was fired upon by the terrorists. The fire was retaliated leading to a gunfight.

In the encounter, so far dead bodies of two terrorists have been retrieved from the site of encounter. 

From the incriminating materials recovered at the site of the encounter, it is understood that the terrorists have affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM. 

Their identities are being ascertained. Search is going on at the site of the encounter.

A resident of Mir Mohalla of Tral, Khan joined the Jaish-e-Mohammed sometime in 2017 as an overground worker and was later drawn into the JeM fold by Noor Mohammed Tantrey, alias ‘Noor Trali’, who is believed to have helped in the revival of the terror outfit in Kashmir Valley.

After Tantray was killed in December 2017, Khan disappeared from his home on January 14, 2018, and has been active since then.

Suicide attacker Adil Ahmed Dar, who blew his explosive-laden vehicle next to a bus in a CRPF convoy on February 14, had been in constant contact with Khan, they said.

(With inputs from PTI)