Tral shuts to mourn death of JEM commander

Kashmir Indian forces kill Jaish-e Mohammad commander in Pulwama says Defence Ministry

The "dwarf" militant was the divisional commander of JeM who masterminded several attacks on security forces in the Valley.

Police sources said a major tragedy had been averted as Tantray and his associates were planning to attack a convoy of the security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway.

The slain terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray aka Noora Trali, a resident Tral in Pulwama district.

Terming the killing of 47-year-old Tantray as a "significant development", the police said the terrorist was wanted in various terror incidents earlier this year, including a suicide attack at the BSF camp at Srinagar airport, and had become an irritant for the security forces.

The body of Tantray, who was four feet two inches tall, was recovered along with one weapon this morning from the rubbles of the house where the terrorists were hiding. They were planning to lash out an attack on a convoy of security personnel in the Kashmir valley.

Besides Uri attack, Chota Noora was allegedly involved in a grenade attack on a minister's cavalcade in Tral, in September this year.

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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.

Tantray's death is seen as a big blow for the JeM.

An official said that the searches are going on in the area.

Deputy Inspector General of Police, South Kashmir, S P Pani said that "a cluster of houses at Samboora village was cordoned off" late on Monday night, following "a specific input". He was arrested in 2003 for being in touch with JeM militants and was sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011.

The Jammu and Kashmir Police, 110 Battalion Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and 50 RR (Rashtriya Rifles) have been deployed at the site, where the encounter is underway.

Subsequently, he jumped parole and rejoined the JeM, becoming one of its top commanders.

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