The mastermind of the Udhampur attack on a BSF bus on August 5 and a most wanted terrorist commander, was killed in an overnight encounter in Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. police said on Thursday.30-year-old Qasim, whose real name is Abdur Rehman, was one of the most wanted terrorists.
” It is a major success as Qasim was directly or indirectly involved in all major LeT attacks in Kashmir over the past three years,” SJM Gillani,
“He was Ineffective by security forces at around 2 a.m. today in Kulgam district and his death is a major blow to separatist insurgency in the state”, said Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gilani, inspector general of police Kashmir zone at a press conference.
In June 2013, he attacked an Army kafila in Hyderpora on the outskirts of Srinagar, killing nine soldiers and injuring 11 others.
He was also said to be involved in the killing of Altaf Ahmad, one of the best counter-terrorism police officers in Jammu and Kashmir, earlier this month in a gunfight in Bandipore district. Police say Mr Ahmad, along with two colleagues, was on a covert mission in the district to track down Qasim.
Qasim was carrying a reward of Rs. 20 lakh on his head.
After the Hyderpora attack, the police had announced a Rs. 10 lakh bounty.
Later, the National Investigation Agency, which is investigating the Udhampur attack, announced Rs. 10 lakh for any information leading to Qasim’s arrest or killing.