J&K: JeM terrorist Tantray killed

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Police in Srinagar say government forces have killed the commander of a Pakistan-based militant group in Indian-administered Kashmir. He was shot dead in south Kashmir's Samboora.

A police officer told The Indian Express in October that Noor's physical appearance proved to be his biggest disadvantage, he said, "He is just three feet tall", and "So he can be easily identified, making his movement hard".

In July this year, after the Aripal encounter, in which three JeM terrorists were killed, Tantray went underground and soon became the key man of the terror outfit in coordinating and organising attacks at different places, he said.

"One weapon was recovered from the encounter site.

The body of one militant has been recovered so far", Director General of Police S.P Vaid said.

"We had information that JeM cadres were planning an attack on security forces vehicles on the national highway". After being lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail for some time, he was shifted to Srinagar.

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He was one of the chief architects of the attack on a BSF camp near Srinagar airport in October, the spokesman said, adding that he was also wanted in connection with a number of terror attacks in south and central Kashmir.

According to these sources, Tantray provided logistical support to JeM militants who stormed the District Police Lines in Pulwama in August. It is also said by the officials that the security forces are still searching for the other terrorist.

Local media said that Tantray had become "a headache" for police after he jumped parole and took control of JeM south and central Kashmir. The militant, identified as Noor Muhammad Tantray, was on the wanted list of the Indian Army.

Tantray's death is seen as a big blow for the JeM.

The four feet two inches tall terrorist commander, also known as Peer Baba and Chota Noora, Tantrey (47) was recruited as an overground worker by Jaish-e-Mohammad leader Ghazi Baba in late 90s as JeM felt that nobody would suspect him as a terrorist because of his height.

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