Days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to the state on October 17, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Friday said they had foiled a fidayeen (suicidal) attack in Pulwama district.
The police was tight-lipped about who or what was the likely target.
The police have been tracking the militant, identified as Omar Maviya of the Hizbul Mujahideen, for long. A senior official said Maviya, a Pakistani national, was killed in an operation at Gusoo, Pulwama, 30 kilometres south of Srinagar, following several leads.
He was carrying 20 kilograms of plastic explosives: enough to bring down a three-storey concrete structure. Besides the explosives, a pouch, a 12-volt dry motorcycle battery and wires were seized from the slain terrorist.
The weapons recovered from him included three hand grenades, an AK rifle, two AK magazines, 16 rounds of AK ammunition, two hand grenades and a mobile, police said.
Also in the district, the police and paramilitary forces have been carrying out a search operation, hunting for a group of Lashkar militants in the Khrew forests, for the last four days. But the dreaded militants could have escaped.
The operation carried out in the Khrew forests, 22 km south of Srinagar, on Friday entered its fourth day. The forces, however, have failed to develop any contact with the militants in the last two days.
During the operation, the security forces were able to kill one militant Mudasir, who left Srinagar’s dental college to take up militancy.
Improvised explosives device expert Mudsasir was a resident of Awantpora, 3 kilometres away from the encounter site.
Several rings of security forces were thrown around the Ladoo forest area, part of the Zabarwan range of forests dotted by tall pine trees, to nab the militants. The area acts as a junction for militants to sneak into three districts — Pahalgam, Pulwama and Srinagar.