Top JeM terrorist Noor Trali killed in encounter

SRINAGAR: Noor Mohammad, a top Jaish-e- Mohammad militant, was killed today in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir, according to an Army official. “The Divisional Commander of JeM Noor Mohammad Tantrey alias Noor Trali was killed in a gun battle with security forces in Samboora area of Pulwama,” the official said.
He said the body of the militant has been recovered along with a weapon. The official said the operation was still in progress.
Deputy Commander Sector one, Sanjeev Saroch while addressing a press conference following the killing of top JeM’s commander Noor Mohd Tantray stated that it was a major blow to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in Kashmir, adding, the operation is another major success for the security forces.
During the press conference Sanjeev Saroch said, “the gunfight erupted after a joint team of army’s 50 RR, SOG and RPF yesterday laid a siege of Samboora area last night following inputs about the presence of three militants in area.
The encounter started after the hiding militants first fired some shots on a joint team of army’s 50 RR, in area and during the course of the gunfight, the house in which the militants had taken refuge was substantially damaged in the firing.
Sanjeev added that the Tantray was arrested in Delhi in 2003 and sentenced to life by a POTA court in 2011. He was released on parole but later joined JeM and became its divisional commander for south Kashmir.
Meanwhile police claimed that slain Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) commander Noor Muhammad Tantray alias Noor Trali was one of the “chief architects” of attack on Border Security Force (BSF) camp near Srinagar airport earlier this year.
“In a significant breakthrough, Awantipora Police, Army and CRPF acting on a specific input cordoned a cluster of houses at Samboora which resulted in a fierce gun battle leading to elimination of top JeM commander Noor Mohammed Tantray,” said a spokesman.
He said Trali was convicted in a case registered in 2003 in Delhi and was serving his sentence at Central Jail Srinagar until he was out on parole in the year 2015.
“Consequently, he remained in Tral and became a major over ground worker of JeM in the belt,” said the spokesman.
In July 2017, after the Aripal encounter, where three JeM militants were killed, Trali went underground and soon became the key man of JeM in coordinating and organising attacks at different places.
“The accused was one of the chief architects of the BSF camp attack near Srinagar airport this year. He was heading the Jaish in Kashmir. Besides he was wanted in a number of offences in south and central Kashmir,” said the spokesman. (Agencies)