New Delhi: Lieutenant General and General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps, KJS Dhillon on Wednesday spoke about how after the Pulwama terror attack, the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership was targeted by the Indian Armed Forces and gave an account of the number of terrorists who have been neutralised. Post-Pulwama attack, at least 41 terrorists have been killed out of which 25 belonged to the JeM and 13 of them were from Pakistan.
“We have targeted Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) leadership, the situation now is that no one is coming forward to take over the leadership of JeM in the Valley. Even after Pakistan’s best efforts, we will continue to suppress JeM, especially after Pulwama,” said Dhillon. Dhillon went on to continue that a total of 69 terrorists have been killed and nearly 12 have been apprehended this year.
He added that operations against the terrorists will continue with full vigour and they won’t let terrorism rise in the Valley.
A few days back, highly placed government sources said that out of the 66 terrorists killed in Jammu and Kashmir this year, 27 belonged to Pakistan-based terror outfit JeM, including the 19 who were involved in the Pulwama terror attack– were gunned down within 45 days of the February 14 terror ambush.
Sources said, “Within 45 days of the Pulwama attack, entire Jaish team involved in the attack neutralised through a combination of technical and human intelligence-based operations. This also includes arrest and deportation of Jaish cadre who were involved in the operation in any way…”
Earlier this month, reports of a possible ‘terrorist’ attack on the Jammu and Kashmir highway was perceived by intelligence agencies who in turn alerted the security forces. Further, the inputs also suggested that a motorbike would be used to carry out the blast. The reports had stated that the terrorists continue to use the ‘rudimentary’ command-wire mechanism (by joining wires) to blast IEDs, probably to ‘hit the targets precisely’.