Srinagar: Following death of a Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militant commander in Samboora area of Pulwama district in an over-night encounter, J&K police issued a statement which is being reproduced here for larger public interest.
In a significant breakthrough Awantipora Police Army and CRPF acting on a specific input cordoned a cluster of houses at Samboora which resulted in a fierce gun battle leading to killing of top JeM commander Noor Mohammed Tantray.
Noor, who was a convict in a case registered some time in 2003 in Delhi, was serving his sentence at Central Jail Srinagar until he was out on parole in the year 2015.
Consequently, he remained in Tral and became a major over ground worker (OGW) of JeM in the belt.
In July 2017, after the Aripal encounter, where three JeM militants were killed, Noor went underground and soon became the key man of JeM in coordinating and organising attacks at different places.
The said militant was one of the chief architects of the BSF camp attack near Srinagar airport this year.
He was heading the JeM in Kashmir. Besides, he was wanted in a number militancy-related offences in South and Central Kashmir.