The police chief said the militant commander belonged to Multan in Pakistan. He had been active in the Valley for quite some time. He was active during the 2019 suicide attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.

3 Jaish terrorists were killed in the Pulwama encounter on Wednesday. (PTI)

In a major development in Kashmir, the security forces killed three Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists in Pulwama area of South Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir Police said one of those killed is an IED expert who had participated in the Afghanistan war and was also the mastermind behind the planting of the car bomb that was detected and destroyed on May 28.

“The slain Jaish commander has been identified as Abdur Rehman alias Fouji Bhai or Fouji Baba, who had participated in the Afghan war and was active in Kashmir since 2017. He was the IED expert who was the mastermind behind the May 28 car bomb that detected in Pulwama by the police, Army and CRPF,” said Vijay Kumar, IG Kashmir.

While addressing the media, IGP Kashmir said that three Jaish terrorists, including and IED expert, were killed in the encounter at Kangan village of Pulwama.

The police chief said the militant commander belonged to Multan in Pakistan. He had been active in the Valley for quite some time. During the 2019 suicide attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama, he was active but was lower in the ranks. The zonal police chief said that the identity of two other militants is being ascertained and it seems that both are locals.

Police have said that this was a big blow to the Jaish-e-Mohammed. There were reportedly three IED experts in the terror outfit and now two are remaining. “There are two more Jaish militants who have been identified as Waleed Bhai and Lamboo Bhai, both are foreigners and have an expertise in making IEDs,” said a senior police official.

IG Kashmir also said that they have identified Jaish chief Abdullah Rashid Gazi, who operates in Khrew area of Pulwama district and is hiding in the woods.

“The number of militants killed this year is 75 and majority of them were commanders”, said Vijay Kumar, IG.

The police also said that they have categorized Over Ground Workers in A, B and C categories and strict action is being taken against them.

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