Pulwama shuts to mourn death of Noor Muhammad Tantray

India police kill Kashmir 'Merchant of Death'

Security personnel descended on Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir late on Monday, 25 December, after receiving information that Tantray could be in the hideout.

"We cordoned a cluster of houses at Samboora, resulting in a fierce gun battle leading to the elimination of top JeM commander Noor Mohammed Tantray", a police statement said.

The 47-year-old, militant, Noor Mohammad Tantray, was killed in a gunfight with government forces in Karnbal - Samboora, in Pulwama district. It is also said by the officials that the security forces are still searching for the other terrorist.

Three Jaish suicide attackers were killed when security forces foiled an attack on the camp of the 182nd battalion of the BSF near Srinagar airport and Air force Station on October 3.

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.

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He was also involved in the grenade attack carried on State PWD Minister Naeem Akhtar's cavalcade in Tralon 21 September. There was input about the presence of 2/3 militants near NHW planning to attack a convoy.

"No-one would suspect him to be a terrorist and that is why JeM recruited him as an over-ground worker", the officer said.

Hailing from Tral area of south Kashmir, Tantray's death is seen as a blow to the terror group as he was the key man in reviving the JeM in south and central Kashmir.

Search operation was still going on when the reports last came in, they said adding further details are awaited. After Ghazi Baba was killed, Tantray was arrested from Delhi's Sadar Bazar on August 31, 2003.

Malik said the operation - that began on Monday evening and ended early on Tuesday - was a big success for security forces as Tantray was wanted in connection with a number of militancy-related incidents. He was released on parole in 2015 after being shifted to a jail in Srinagar. There was input about the presence of two to three terrorists near the national highway who were "planning to attack convoy", the DGP tweeted.

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