The Pulwama highway bombing which was the “deadliest attack” on security forces in Jammu and Kashmir since 1989 when insurgency first erupted in the Valley has led to security forces launching combat ops against Maulana Masood Azhar’s outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) like never before. Since 14 February, 2019, at least 14 among total 18 militants killed were from Jaish.
It was the ‘fidayeen’ outfit’s local recruit — a sawmill apprentice and a school dropout Aadil Ahmad Dar — who rammed his explosive-laden vehicle into the paramilitary convoy at Lethpora in the afternoon of 14 February killing 40 CRPF men.
On heels of that rattling attack, the hunt for JeM militants has only grown manifold in the Valley. Read More