- Khalid, a top terrorist of the Jaish-e-Mohammad, killed in Kashmir
- Believed to have plotted many attacks including in Srinagar last week
- Was one the oldest surviving foreign terrorists, says police
The state's police call the killing a major success in their anti-terror fight, likening it to taking away the "eyes and ears" of the Pakistan-based Jaish, which has become the biggest security challenge in Kashmir.
"He was one the oldest surviving foreign terrorists operating in Kashmir. He had been here since 2009 and knew about everything in Kashmir," said senior police officer Munir Ahmad Khan.
Reports say Khalid was intercepted by the Special Operations Group at Ladoora. He was carrying a pistol and a grenade, said the police.
Khalid, trained in Pakistan, was tasked with receiving terrorists who crossed over to India and deploying them for suicide attacks. He mentored a group of 12 terrorists who crossed over recently for various attacks and acted as their commander. He was active mainly in Sopore in north Kashmir, the police said. He is believed to have planned the attack on the district police lines in Pulwama a month ago, in which four paramilitary personnel and four cops were killed.
Over the years, the Jaish has emerged as a bigger threat than the Lashkar-e-Toiba because the group targets high-value security installations, said Munir Khan.
"For the last one week he was on our radar and today he was eliminated," he said.