Army today said that the man behind February 14 Pulwama suicide attack was killed in an encounter with security forces at Tral quarter of Pulwama district late on Sunday night.
Three militants were killed in the encounter.
Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps told media person this evening that one of the slain militants included Mudassair Khan. “He was the main conspirator of the Pulwama terror attack”, he said.
At least 40 CRPF men were killed when a suicide bomber Aadil Dar of Jaish-e-Mohammad rammed his explosive-laden car into a CRPF vehicle near Letapora on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
The incident brought India and Pakistan to the brink of nuclear clash avoided only after international intervention.
Government of India put blame directly on Pakistan alleging that the attack was planned by Pakistan army and ISI. Indian Air Force carried out a bombing operation at Balakote city of Pakistan claiming that a large camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad was destroyed in the bombing conducted by 12 jet fighetr jets early on February 27 morning.
Pakistan retaliated next day by intruding into Indian air space in Rajouri bombing an empty field. Pakistan also brought down a two jet fighters and also took pilot Abhinandan into captivity. He was released with 48 hours by Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan as a “peace gusture”.
General Dhillon said, “18 terrorists have been killed in the last 21 days”.
Twenty-three-year-old Mudassar Khan was an electrician with a graduate degree.
The body of the second militant has not be identified yet, said the officials, who had earlier claimed he was Sajjad Bhat, a JeM operative whose car was used in the Pulwama attack.
Bhat’s brother refused to take the body, saying it was charred beyond recognition. Khan’s body has been taken by his family members.