The 47-year-old Noor Mohammad Tantray, a top Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist, was killed in an encounter in South Kashmir's Pulwama on Tuesday morning.
The encounter took place in Samboora village in Pulwama district of South Kashmir.
A statement issued by the police here said that the search operation at Samboora near the highway town of Pampore was launched on specific input about the presence of militant commander and two others in a private house.
Police in Indian-administered Kashmir say they have killed a militant separatist leader in a shoot-out outside the city of Srinagar. It is also said by the officials that the security forces are still searching for the other terrorist. Tantray is said to be the chief architect of the attack on the Border Security Force (BSF) camp near Srinagar airport this October. After reviving the JeM in July, he lobbed a grenade on the cavalcade of state minister Naeem Akhtar in Tral this year. There was input about presence of 2/3 militants near NHW planning to attack convoy.
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"No one would suspect him to be a terrorist and that is why Jaish recruited him as an over-ground worker", a senior police officer told the Indian broadcaster NDTV citing his height.
The "dwarf" militant was the divisional commander of JeM who masterminded several attacks on security forces in the Valley.
According to Director General of Police S P Vaid, the terrorists had gathered in the area and were planning to carry out an attack on a convoy of security personnel. "Search operations in area are on to identify and arrest them", he added. After Ghazi Baba was killed, Tantray was arrested from Delhi's Sadar Bazar on August 31, 2003. Tantray has been a key commander in leading one of the wings of the locally powerful extremist organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM).
Noor was shifted to Srinagar jail and was released on parole in 2015 after which he reported joined JeM to lead the militants.