One of conspirators Pulwama died in shootout with security forces
12 March, 2019
SRINAGAR: Indian police claimed on Monday that ‘one of the key conspirators’ behind a suicide attack that killed over 40 paramilitary personnel in the occupied valley had died in a shootout with security forces.
Mudasir Khan, who was shot dead on Sunday, was described by authorities as a top commander belonging to Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM), who claimed the February 14 bombing in Pulwama district.
The attack on a convoy of paramilitaries in the disputed valley was the deadliest in decades, and led to an airstrike against what the Modi administration claimed a JeM training camp on Pakistani soil in Balakot. Pakistan, which denies supporting JeM, responded by shooting down two Indian warplanes and capturing one pilot, whose return two days later pulled the nuclear-armed countries back from the brink of a full-scale war.
Police in Held Kashmir claimed that an investigation had revealed that Mudasir was one of the key conspirators of the deadly attack on Indian forces.
Mudasir was shot in Tral — a town in Pulwama district where the suicide bombers struck — along with another gunman who the Indian police claimed was from Pakistan. KJS Dhillon, the local army commander in the occupied valley, said that 14 alleged JeM militants, including six commanders, had been eliminated in a crackdown in the aftermath of the bombing.