Fauji Bhai alias Abdul Rehman, a high bomb-maker Jaish-e-Mohammed, was on the list of three terrorists killed in an encounter with security forces in Kashmir’s Pulwama on Wednesday morning.
The operation was conducted by a joint team of security personnel that were tracking Fauji Bhai, often known as Ismail, who has been linked to the car bomb intercepted in Pulwama district’s Rajpora area on May 27.
Inputs available with security forces, however, indicate that there are two more similar car bombs, or vehicle improvised explosive devices (V-IEDs), in Kashmir, that Fauji Bhai, a Pakistani national, had built.
“Our information was that Fauji Bhai, also known as Ismail, had fabricated three vehicle IEDs. We seized one of many three on May 27 but there are two more out there, possibly somewhere in Budgam and Kulgam areas,” a top-notch counter-terror official told Hindustan Times.
There was a barrage of intelligence inputs during the last 2 months about plans by Jaish terrorists to handle major strikes targeting security forces.
The Santro car full of explosives that had been seized by security forces on May 27 was the first of those planned attacks. It was actually intercepted when it was being come to a Jaish terrorist Sameer Ahmed Dar of Kakpora, Pulwama by an overground worker.
Sameer Ahmed Dar can be a relative of Adil Dar, the suicide bomber who drove his Maruti Echo vehicle in a CRPF convoy on 14 February 2019 killing 40 troopers. This terror attack was followed by an Indian launching air strike on the terror facility in Pakistan’s Balakot, and a subsequent dogfight in between the air forces of the two neighbouring countries.
This period, Sameer Ahmed Dar had offered to drive the automobile IED in a security camp.
Intelligence reports indicate that one of many likely targets of the car bomb was the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp atRajpora and Shadimarg, Pulwama.
Vijay Kumar, Inspector General Police of Kashmir Range described Fauji Bhai’s elimination in Wednesday’s encounter like a huge success for your security forces, next just to the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen’s Riyaz Naikoo in Kashmir’s Beighpora area of Awantipora last month.
Kumar stated it could not be verified which he relates to JeM chief Maulana Masood Azhar.