Abdul Rasheed Ghazi was killed in an encounter that began in the early hours of Monday in Pinglana, about 10 km away from the site of the suicide vehicle bombing attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.
The JeM claimed responsibility for the attack on a convoy of the Central Reserve Police Force on Jammu and Kashmir's main highway, local news reports said. He was cornered by Security Forces along with two more terrorists at Pinglan in an encounter that started in the wee hours this morning.
The Army, along with the Jammu and Kashmir police, had launched a cordon and search operation overnight at Pinglan village in Pulwama district after a brief exchange of fire.
The Jammu and Kashmir Police on Monday said the security forces had killed three militants affiliated to the Jaish-e-Mohammed extremist group in a gunfight in the state's Pulwama district.
The police identified two of the three deceased militants as Kamran and Hilal.
Following the dastardly terror attack in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF jawans and another in the south-eastern Sistan and Balochistan that killed 27 revolutionary guards, pressure is now mounting on Pakistan as several neighbouring countries are demanding Islamabad to act on terror groups flourishing on its soil.
Security force sources told Reuters news agency that the suspected organizer of the suicide bombing in the disputed region of Kashmir was also killed, echoing reports from local broadcaster NDTV.
On February 14, the JeM suicide bomber rammed an SUV auto with 350 kg of explosives into a security convoy of 78 vehicles carrying over 2,500 personnel.
One girl said they were "so scared that we were not able to open our room or to go out to have any food".
8. Ghazi was in high-demand as a trainer in a number of terror training camps set up by the Pakistan military along the LoC in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
A senior Army officer and two soldiers were injured in firing by terrorists when the security forces were searching the area after killing the two JeM terrorists.
Indian media and politicians have since been blaming Pakistan for the attack without any evidence.