The militant, who was killed in a gunfight with forces at Khrew area of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Wednesday, has been identified as a commander of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) outfit from Pakistan.
Deputy Inspector General of Police South Kashmir, Atul Goel told Rising Kashmir that the killed militant was identified as a Pakistani national.
“The militant was associated with Jaish and the outfit’s commander who was active since one and half years,” he said.
Sources said the militant was operating under code names "Abu Saifullah" and "Abu Qasim".
They said the slain Jaish militant was active in militancy-hot bed south Kashmir for past over one and a half years.
Saifullah was trapped along with his local aide in a forces’ search and cordon operation at Zaintrag village in Awantipora area of Pulwama on Tuesday morning.
Reports said he was close associate of JeM’s chief commander Qari Yasir of Pakistan, who was killed in an encounter in Kupwara district in July 2013.
In the gunfight with Saifullah, two forces personnel Sepoy Rahul Ranswal of Rashtriya Rifles and Special Police Officer (SPO) Shahbaz Ahmad were killed.
Saifullah and his aide had managed to escape from the forces’ dragnet when the Ranswal and Ahmad were being evacuated from the site of gunfight, sources said.
The militants were tracked in the forest area of Nagander village where fresh gunfight raged between them and forces, resulting into killing of Saifullah.
However, forces could not track down his associate. The anti-militancy operation had continued for two days.
DIG Goel said the anti-militancy operation has been called off for now.
“Saifullah was involved in pasting of posters in which SPOs were threatened to leave their jobs and non-local labourers asked to leave the valley,” reports said.