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After the security forces identified Abu Ismail as the prime suspect in Monday’s terrorist attack on Amarnath pilgrims that killed seven, the Jammu and Kashmir police is on a hunt for the Lashkar-e-Toiba operative.
Although the investigation of Monday’s terrorist attack is still in its initial stage, the police say that they have intercepted information that proves Lashkar’s involvement. According to information put together by the security establishment, Abu Ismail led the attack along with three to five other terrorists, some of them locals.
Mohammad Abu Ismail is a 26-year-old Pakistani National who infiltrated into Indian border two years ago as a Lashkar-e-Toiba operative. He has been operating in the south Kashmir region ever since.
More than 100 empty cartridges were found at the attack site in the heavily guarded area indicating that the terrorists were well prepared for their attack. However, questions have been raised who the bus was allowed past checkpoint that late at night.
The Jammu and Kashmir police have said that they suspect this attack on the Amarnath pilgrims could have been a revenge attack after the police announced the arrest of Lashkar operative Sandeep Kumar Sharma in south Kashmir's Anantnag.
Sandeep is a native of Muzaffarnagar in UP, who joined the Lashkar in the state five years ago and was reportedly close to terrorist Bashir Lashkari. Sharma is believed to have accompanied the terrorists in various attacks in the valley.
He was arrested on Monday by the J&K police when he emerged from the house where terrorists had been hiding after the July 1 encounter in Anantnag which killed Bashir Lashkari.