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Udhampur terror attack mastermind killed in encounter

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Srinagar: The mastermind of many terror strikes including this year’s Udhampur attack on the BSF, Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba’s top commander Qasim, was killed in an encounter at a village in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district

The operation is said to have begun at 2 am after intelligence said that 28-year-old Qasim, a resident of Bhawalpur in Pakistan, was holed up in a house at Khandipura village in Kulgam, along with an accomplice, official sources said. The village is located 80 kilometres from here.

A joint team of Army, police and para-military forces was rushed in and the village was cordoned off.

He had managed to flee from Bandipora in North Kashmir when a police party led by Mohammed Altaf had zeroed in on him on October 7. He had managed to escape after firing indiscriminately on the police party killing police officer Altaf who was known as “Altaf Laptop” and was credited with busting of several terror modules.

“It was a great achievement for the security forces,” Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra said.

Qasim who was trying to gain foothold in South Kashmir and had been operating out of Shopian and Kulgam jungles for some time now.

Carrying a cash reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head, Qasim alias Abur Rehman was wanted by the state police after the infamous Hyderpora incident of 2013 in which eight Army personnel were killed in broad daylight.

His name also surfaced in terror attack on a BSF convoy at Udhampur in August this year in which two personnel of the force were killed. One terrorist was also shot dead in retaliatory fire while another Mohammed Naved, a Pakistani national, was captured by locals and handed over to the police.

Altaf had been tailing his movements for long till he paid with his life. Qasim’s end came barely five kilometres away from Zongalpore, ancestral village of Altaf in the same district.

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