Top JeM terrorist Noor Tantray eliminated

Noor was also one of the chief architects of the Border Security Force (BSF) camp attack, near the Srinagar airport in October this year.

According to Jammu and Kashmir police chief SP Vaid, an encounter had started between the security forces and holed up terrorists in Samboora village after the area was surrounded by the security forces late on Monday evening. He was shot dead in south Kashmir's Samboora.

"Their stay, logistics and operational activities were managed by Tantray", said an officer. "In the ensuing encounter, Tantray was killed whereas there was no information about the presence of the second militant", it said.

The body of Tantray, who was four feet two inches tall, was recovered along with one weapon this morning from the rubbles of the house where the terrorists were hiding. All the three JeM militants were also killed in the security forces' counter attack. He spent some time in Tihar Jail before being shifted to Srinagar's Central Jail.

Police said Tantray was earlier a close aide of Jaish commander Ghazi Baba, who masterminded the 2001 attack on Parliament.

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This information was developed further and it was during this course that we came to know that a most wanted JeM terrorist, who was the mastermind behind nearly all the attacks carried out by the group, was hiding in Samboora.

Consequently, he remained in Tral in South Kashmir and became a major overground worker of JeM.

Defence spokesperson Rajesh Kalia told The Indian Express that Tantray was on the Army's "wanted list" also. He had been giving sleepless nights to Indian Army and Police security forces in Jammu and Kashmir for the last six months.Noor Muhammad, the JeM commander, was a resident of Ganaie Gund Tral.Tantray was out on a parole since 2015.

Violence has ebbed and flowed in Indian-administered Kashmir since 1989 but the region has seen a fresh wave of unrest following popular militant leader Burhan Wani's killing by Indian forces in July 2016.

  • Adam Floyd