SRINAGAR –Indian occupational forces on Saturday claimed to havemartyred three Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) mujahideen, including the outfit’s chief Qari Yasir in a gun-battle in Haripari village of Tral in South Kashmir.

“We have neutralised three mujahideen in the Tral encounter and one of them is Qari Yasir who was a self-styled Kashmir chief of JeM. He was also involved in Lethpora blast. He was an IED expert and was involved in recruitment as well relocation of mujahideen coming in from Pakistan,” Inspector General of Police, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said while addressing a joint presser with General officer commanding of the Srinagar-based Chinar Corps, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon here this evening.

Three army personnel were injured in the initial firing and have been hospitalised.

The IGP said the police had been getting regular inputs about an IED attack in Srinagar or its surroundings.

“We were getting the names of Burhan and Yasir. Moosa, a buddy and a second in-command of Yasir was also with him and we are sure once we identify the bodies, one of them will be Yasir as we had inputs about his presence there,” he said, adding Yasir and Moosa belong to Pakistan, while Burhan was a local.

“The JeM Module was active and was planning to do something sensational on the Republic day,” he said.

He said the operation was still on.

The GoC said after the last year’s Pulwama IED attack, the JeM leadership was targeted and neutralised totally, but the group was trying to resuscitate itself.

“Pakistani mujahideen were coming and they were trying to revive Jaish… But, the Jaish has now been cleaned out yet again once for all. As regards, the HM, its top leadership has also been eliminated in Kashmir valley. The leadership of Al-Badr and Lashkar-e-Toiba was non-existent. So, as of today, most of the leadership of mujahideen in Kashmir, including Pakistani mujahideen, is more or less eliminated,” he said.

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