Jaish-e-mohammed top commander Lahori was killed on Saturday morning in an overnight gunfight with security forces in South Kashmir’s Shopian District. An associate of Munna Lahori, who is yet to be identified, was also killed in the same operation.
The statement issued by police said, “A cordon and search operation was launched jointly by police and security forces in Banday Mohalla Bonbazar area of district Shopian. During the search operation, the hiding militants fired on the search party. The fire was retaliated leading to encounter.”
Munna Lahori, also known as Bihari, was from Pakistan and is the prime accuse of plotting several IED attacks in the south Kashmir region earlier.
The 19-year-old Pakistani national had crossed over to Kashmir from Pakistan last year and is reported to have led the terror group’s use of bombs in vehicles, a tactic that could let them carry out attacks without risking their lives.
Security officials say he had turned into some sort of an expert in making explosives and fitting them in vehicles for maximum impact and killings.
Jaish had also used him to brainwash youngsters in the Kashmir valley and recruit them to the terror group.
Security forces had stepped up the intensive search for Munna Lahori after intelligence officials linked a terror attack on a mobile patrol team of the Rashtriya Rifles to the Jaish commander.
Two soldiers were killed in this attack in Pulwama, several others including civilians were hurt. The attack had taken place just about 30 km from the location where a suicide bomber had attacked a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force in February this year.