Jaish-e-Mohammed operational commander Mufti Waqas, the mastermind of a deadly attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu, has been killed in a joint operation by the Indian Army, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, and the Central Reserve Police Force.
The 50 Rashtriya Rifles launched the operation based on specific intelligence inputs on the presence of a terrorist in Hatwar in Kashmir’s Awantipur.
The Army’s Srinagar-based defence spokesperson, Col Rajesh Kalia, told India Today that a gunfight broke out. The militant was killed during the encounter.
His body was recovered along with an AK-rifle. Sources identified him as a Pakistan resident.
There were no civilian casualties, or any collateral damage.
This comes as a major blow for the JeM, for Waqas was the successor of the former operational commander, Noor Mohammed Tantrey. Tantrey was killed on December 17.