Killing of Wasim Shah in the Pulwama encounter today
The killing of Wasim Shah in the Pulwama encounter today was a major achievement for the security forces. The 23 year commander of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in the Pulwama region was gunned down along with another of his accomplices by the Indian security forces.
The operation at Litter signifies another beginning for the Army which has been flushing out terrorists. Shah who went by the alias Abu Osama Bhai was considered as the ‘don of heff.’ He led a group of militants from the Litter area which was awaiting a clean up by the Indian Army.
When the encounter began this morning, Shah along with his bodyguard Nisar Ahmed Mir made an attempt to flee from the area. He was however trapped by the Army and killed along with Mir.
He joined the Lashkar-e-Tayiba in 2014 and was instrumental in engineering the unrest that broke out in the Valley following the death of Burhan Wani. Officials say that he had been a supporter of the Lashkar-e-Tayiba since he was in school, but formally joined the outfit only three years back.
Officials say that Shah who carried a Rs 10 lakh reward on his head was actively recruiting terrorists into the outfit. He was also instrumental in several strikes in South Kashmir.