Srinagar: Officials on Tuesday said that Divisional commander of Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) outfit was killed in an overnight encounter in Samboora village of Pulwama district.
The slain JeM commander was identified as Noor Mohammad Trantray alias Noor Trali.
The gunfight began late last night after forces surrounded the area following inputs about the presence of militants.
An official said that the searches are going on in the area. Meanwhile, Internet has been suspended in Pulwama district “as a precautionary measure”, he said.
47-year-old Tantray, a resident of Tral, was described as “new security headache” for forces in Kashmir.
Trantray, who was only three feet tall, was reported to be behind the recent attacks by the Jaish-e-Mohammed in Kashmir.
He was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011, but he reportedly jumped parole and rejoined militancy.
Director General of police SP Vaid said that the slain militant along with his associates were planning to attack a convoy on Srinagar-Jammu highway.
“Encounter going on since last evening in Awantipura district. There was input about presence of 2/3 militants near NHW planning to attack convoy. One dead body of militant recovered so far, search for others going on”, DGP tweeted.