Top Jaish Man Killed: J-K Police

30 September 2008
The Indian Express

New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir Police today claimed that a top Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) commander, who had been heading the militant outfit’s operations in the Valley for the last seven years, was gunned down in an encounter in Awantipore on Monday. The police identified the militant as Abu Sarjeel, alias Khubaib, a resident of Gujrat, Pakistan. They said Sarjeel was the divisional commander of the JeM in south Kashmir. He had reportedly been active in the Valley for the last eight years. “After Gazi Baba’s death in 2001, Sarjeel was heading the JeM’s operations in Kashmir,” said SP, Awantipore, Bashir Ahmed Khan. “When Gazi Baba was at the helm of the outfit’s operations, Sarjeel was his deputy,” he added. Gazi Baba, killed in an encouner in Srinagar in December 2001, was suspected to have masterminded the Parliament attack. “Sarjeel’s death has given a big jolt to the JeM. Initial police investigations have revealed that Sarjeel was commanding the module which was involved in killing 32 police, BSF and CRPF personnel in 2005-2006,” he said.