Sunjuwan attack: Indian Army eliminates mastermind Mufti Waqas

Sunjuwan attack

"During the surgical operation the mastermind of the Sunjuwan attack and Letapore attack, Jaish e Mohammed operational commander, Mufti Waqas, Cat A++, was killed", Col Rajesh said.

According to officials, Waqas, a Pakistani national who had infiltrated into the Kashmir Valley in 2017, was functioning as the operational commander of the terror outfit and had sent "Fidayeens" (suicide attackers) from Tral in south Kashmir to Jammu where they had carried out the strike on the army camp on February 10.

The officials said that gunfight erupted during an operation launched jointly by the Army's 50 Rashtriya Rifles, the J&K police's counterinsurgency Special Operations Group (SOG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Hatwar outside the highway town of Awantipore and about 35 kilometers south of summer capital Srinagar.

He also added that "weapons and incriminating materials like: IED (improvised explosive device) preparation documents were recovered from him". The Inspector general of Kashmir SP Pani has shared this massive victory news for the Indian army.

Six soldiers and a civilian were killed and 10 others, including four soldiers, were injured in the terror attack on the Sunjuwan camp.

The army called the elimination of the top Jaish commander a "major dent" in capability of the Jaish-e-Mohammed.

"He was the mastermind behind the attack on DPL Pulwama, CRPF camp at Lethpora and Army camp at Sunjwan, " Vaid tweeted.

A group of heavily-armed men attacked the camp of the 36 Brigade of the Indian Army before dawn.

At the time of filing this report, the Army said that the operation was in progress. The counter-terror operation was jointly executed by the Army, police and CRPF. Among the three terrorists killed in the Lethpora attack on 31 December was a 16-year-old, son of a policeman who had joined the Jaish just a few months earlier. Besides Sunjuwan, he was involved in the terror attacks executed in Lethpora, Pulwama district police lines and the BSF camp at Srinagar airport previous year, the DGP claimed.



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