"Top commander of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant outfit was killed in an overnight gunfight with a joint party of police and army here", a senior police official posted in Pulwama said.
People look at a house in village Samboora of Pulwama district of Srinagar city, 28 km south of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir, Dec. 26, 2017.
However, when the security forces were sealing the area, militants opened indiscriminate firing with automatic weapons in which a SOG jawan was injured.
"However, by the time security forces laid cordon, two terrorists managed to escape". As the JeM's "divisional commander" in South Kashmir, he was reported to have played an instrumental role in reviving the outfit. There is also another body in the house which was blasted by the security forces. "One dead body of militant recovered so far, search for others going on", the DGP tweeted.
"There was input about the presence of two to three militants near the national highway, planning to attack the convoy". It is not know how the other militants survived the operation. Noor was later sentenced to life imprisonment by POTA court in 2011.
Local media said that Tantray had become "a headache" for police after he jumped parole and took control of JeM south and central Kashmir. After being lodged in Delhi's Tihar Jail for some time, he was shifted to Srinagar.
The slain terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray aka Noora Trali, a resident Tral in Pulwama district.
Tantray's death is seen as a big blow for the JeM.
Terming the killing of 47-year-old Tantray as a "significant development", the police said the terrorist was wanted in various terror incidents earlier this year, including a suicide attack at the BSF camp at Srinagar airport, and had become an irritant for the security forces. His funeral was attended by many, including some militants who offered a gun salute.