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‘Key conspirator’ in Pulwama attack killed

Anantnag, Mar 11 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 3/11/2019 12:26:09 PM IST

The family of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander Mudassir Khan has identified his body as one of the two militants killed in Tral encounter, police said on Monday as it awaited forensic reports.

The 23-year-old Khan is the mastermind of the Pulwama attack.
“One of the two slain militants has been identified as Mudasir Khan, alias Mohammad Bhai, JeM commander believed to have masterminded the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF troopers were killed,” an officer said.
Following the attack, the security forces have cracked whip on the JeM and killed more than nine militants so far, including some top commanders.
Mudassir Khan, a resident of Midoora in Tral, was an active JeM militant since 2017 and is believed to have been involved in several attacks, including the Fidayeen attack on Sanjuwa base camp in Jammu and the CRPF camp in Lethpora, over the past two years.
His role in the Pulwama attack has been pieced together by the security agencies following the attack and they have established that he was the mastermind behind the attack.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) had carried out searches at his house on February 27, in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, as well.
“He was in close touch with the suicide bomber, Adil Ahmad Dar, and we believe this man, Khan, provided the logistics for the attack,” a police source said.
Eldest son of a labourer, Khan was a graduate and also had a year-long certification as an electrician from the Industrial Training Institute (ITA).
Local sources told The Tribune that Khan worked as an Over Ground Worker (OGW) for Pakistani Jaish commander, Mufti Waqas, before becoming an active militant.
Waqas was killed in March last year-in Hatiwara area of the Awantipora Police district not far from the site of the Pulwama attack.

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