In another great victory for the Indian Army, the security forces of India were able to kill a Jaish-e-Mohammad commander named Mufti Waqas was killed in an encounter on March 5 in Kashmir’s Awantipora. Waqas is believed to be the mastermind behind the Sunjuwan terror attack, which took place last month.
According to reports, a small team of Indian Army along with some soldiers from the elite special operations group acted on secret intelligence report and cordoned off the Hatwar area in Awantipora to give way to a “surgical attack” on a particular house.
It was in this surgical attack that Mufti Waqas, who was not only the mastermind of the Sunjuwan terror attack in Jammu but also the suicide attack on a CRPF camp in south Kashmir’s Lethpora, was killed in the encounter at Hatwar, Awantipora.
While there has been no civilian casualties in the encounter, the Indian Army is of the view that this encounter has definitely marred the design of the Jaish-e-Muhammad outfit since, as one may recall, it had also lost its oor Mohd Tantrey in a similar encounter last December.
The Indian Army officials further highlighted that Waqas, a Kashmiri official who had infiltrated into the terror group, was acting as the operational commander of the terror outfit since December and had even sent fidayeens or suicide attackers from Tral to Jammu to carry out the vicious terror strike on the Indian Army camp on February 10.
It may be recalled here that five army men, including two junior commissioned soldiers, and father of an army men lost their lives in the terror attack, which struck at the 36 Brigade of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry (JKLI).