JeM Ops chief killed in Tral gunfight ‘Mufti Yasir was active in Kashmir since last year

Police Thursday said Jaish-e-Mohammad operational commander and close aide of Masood Azhar, Mufti Yasir was among the four militants killed in Tuesday’s gunfight with troops in Tral forest area of south Kashmir.
Director General of Police, Shesh Paul Vaid said JeM operational commander Mufti Yasir was among the militants killed in a joint operation in upper reaches of Tral.
Four Jaish militants, an army man and a police man were killed in the day long gunfight in forest area of Tral on Tuesday.
Vaid released picture of Yasir, who is seen brandishing a sophisticated assault rifle and accompanying Azhar, on his Twitter account.
According to police sources, Yasir was among the first groups of Jaish militants, who had infiltrated into Kashmir from across the Line of control (LoC) in April 2017.
“He was active in Valley since last year. His killing is a major jolt to Jaish,” said a police officer, who is overseeing counter militancy operations in Valley.
The other slain militants killed in the Tral gunfight were identified as Omar Khalid, a foreign militant, and two local Jaish militants Ishfaq Ahmad Khan and Abid Maqbool Bhat.
Jaish has taken centre stage in Valley after top militant commanders of Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Toiba were killed in “Operation All Out” launched by troops last year.
Jaish militants have carried out series of fidayeen attacks in the State including attacks on District Police Lines Pulwama; Central Reserve Police Force training centre at Lethpora, Awantipora; BSF camp near heavily fortified Srinagar Airport and military station in Sunjwan, Jammu.
Of 213 militants killed by troops last year, 36 belonged to Jaish. Its top commanders Noor Trali, Mufti Waqas, Abu Khalib, Mehmood Bhai, Talha Rashid (nephew of Jaish chief Masood Azhar) were among those killed in gunfights with troops.
According to sources, about 240 to 250 militants including some belonging to Jaish are currently active in Kashmir.
The militant group has managed to revive its activities in the Valley and named its fidayeen groups as after Afzal Guru Squad.
Afzal Guru was hanged and buried secretly in Tihar jail, Delhi in February 2013 for alleged involvement in 2001 parliament attack case.
According to police sources, Jaish militants are technically well equipped in handling weapons compared to Hizb militants. “Most Jaish cadres are highly trained in handling different kind of arms and ammunition”.
Meanwhile, Jaish has paid rich tributes to militants killed in the Tral gunfight.
“We are indebted to take revenge of the blood of the slain militants. We will continue our struggle,” JeM spokesperson said in a statement to a local news gathering agency.
He said Jaish hailed peoples’ love for “freedom and mujahideen” and expressed condolence and solidarity with the families of slain militants.