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Big Blow To Jaish-e-Mohammed, Top Commander Noor Mohammad Killed In Pulwama

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| December 26 , 2017 , 14:40 IST

In a major success for security forces, top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Noor Mohammad was killed in an encounter on Monday morning in the Pulwama district of South Kashmir.

Known as 'Chhota Noora' the 47-year-old, 4-foot tall militant was said to be the 'chief architect' of the attack on a BSF camp near the Srinagar International Airport in October, as well as the 2016 Uri attack described as "the deadliest attack on security forces in Kashmir in two decades".

Noor reportedly played an important role in most of the major attacks taking place in the Kashmir Valley since he took control of the terror group in 2016. His death is being considered as a 'huge blow' to JeM, as he was responsible for the revival of the terror group in the south and central Kashmir.

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While Noor's small stature made him easy to identify, it also made him appear as an unlikely terrorist.

"No one would suspect him to be a terrorist and that is why JeM recruited him as an over-ground worker," said a senior police officer.

Soon, Noor became the chief finance handler for Jaish-e-Mohammed and received funds from across the border for terror activities, and identified further sources for funds. In the past few months, Noor became more of an active terrorist, Kashmir Police Chief Muneer Khan said to NDTV.

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"He identified targets and planned the attacks. All attacks along the highways were designed by him. He used to identify escape routes as well," said Khan.

As per intelligence reports, JeM consolidated their strength this year, but in the last 3 months itself, security forces have been able to eliminate 15 of their cadres in south Kashmir.  

"Their fighting strength has gone down. December and January are crucial months for us as most big attacks conducted by the JeM have taken place in these months," said a senior Ministry of Home Affairs official.