SOPORE: Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir met with a big success after Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist Abu Maaz along with his associate were killed in the encounter in Sopore.
Maaz was one of the longest surviving terrorists of the terror outfit. He was involved in the deaths of civilians in Sopore. He was also in charge of receiving infiltrators from across the border and positioning them in different parts of Kashmir.
The security operations in Sopore ended late on Tuesday night. The bodies were identified as that of Maaz and his local associate. "On the basis of materials recovered, one of the slain terrorists has been identified as Abu Maaz of Pakistani origin who was operating as the top commander of LeT in north Kashmir," a police spokesman said.
The other terrorist who was killed in the operation in Bomai area was identified as Abdul Majeed Mir alias Sameer.
The spokesman said Maaz had a criminal record since 2015 and he was involved in series of terror activities in the area, particularly in Sopore and Handwara. "He was involved in several attacks on the security forces and killings of civilians in the area. Several cases were registered against him in police stations across the valley for terror activities," he added.
The spokesman said Maaz was involved in at least a dozen attacks on civilians.