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3 Terrorists Accused For July 2017 Amarnath Yatra Attack Killed In J&K's Kulgam

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| December 5 , 2017 , 08:51 IST

The July 10, 2017 terrorist attack on 8 Hindu pilgrims on the way to the Amarnath Temple in Kashmir valley was blamed on 4 Lashkar-e-Toiba militants, out of which one of the attackers, Abu Ismail who masterminded the operation, was killed in September 2017 and the 3 others were killed on Monday night.

The three other accused, Abu Mavia , Furkan and Yawar were killed on Monday during an encounter in the Qazikund area of Kulgam district in Jammu Kashmir, while one militant was captured alive.

"With the elimination of Abu Ismail earlier and now these three Abu Mavia , Furkan & Yawar group that attacked Amarnath Yatries is wiped out," tweeted S P Vaid, Director General of Police (DGP) of Jammu & Kashmir.

Furkan, a Pakistani terrorist, had taken over as Divisional commander of LeT after the death of Abu Ismail.

"Furkan, a Pakistani terrorist who took over as Divisional commander of LeT after the elimination of Ismail was killed in today’s encounter at Qazikund along with another Pakistani terrorist identified as Abu Mavia. Great success for security forces!" S P Vaid tweeted.

In the gunfight that erupted between the security forces and militants, a soldier was killed and another soldier was injured. According to a police official, the gunfight began when militants fired at an army patrol on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway injuring 2 soldiers after which the militants hid in a private house.

"When the militants were challenged, they fired at the security forces, triggering a gunfight which continued for nearly four hours," police said.