Police trying to ascertain identity of new ‘Jaish-e-Muhammad’ chief in Kashmir

Srinagar: Police are trying to find out the identity of a Pakistani origin militant who is believed to have taken over as the commander of Jaish-e-Muhammad militant outfit in Kashmir, HT reported on Friday.

A picture went viral on social media, identified as Hafiz Umar, seen in photographs holding an assault rifle.

The new Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) chief in Kashmir was apparently named after the death of its former commander Mufti Waqas on Monday in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district.

“There have been posts on social media about the new leader of the outfit. We are trying to ascertain the fact,” said Kashmir inspector general of police SP Pani.

Two Jaish-e-Muhammad commanders have been killed in south Kashmir in three months.

On March 5, Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK) born Jaish-e-Mohammed operational commander Mufti Waqas, who according to police was the mastermind of a deadly attack on the Sunjuwan Army camp in Jammu, was killed in a joint operation by the Indian Army, the Jammu and Kashmir Police, and the Central Reserve Police Force.

Waqas was operating in the Tral area of Pulwama district. Waqas and the 4-foot-tall local militant commander Noor Mohammad Trali together restored the Jaish outfit and planned fidayeen attacks.”

Noor Mohammad Trali was killed in December last year close to the village where Waqas was killed.

A police spokesman on Monday had said the slain militant commander was the chief architect of attacks on the security forces, including the strikes at District Police Lines Pulwama on August 26 last year, Lethpora CRPF camp on January 1 and Sunjuwan Army camp on February 10.

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