The Indian intelligence agencies, along with Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police, are conducting forensic analysis of the three iPhones recovered from killed Muhammad Ismail Alvi alias Lambu, to extract the links that the terrorist had with Bahawalpur-based headquarters of the proscribed Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and overground workers of the group in Jammu and the Valley.
On July 31, the Victor Force headed by Major General Rashim Bali, conducted a counter-strike operation using special forces at the terrorists’ hideout at Hangalmarg forest area, Tral, Pulwama. From the encounter site, arms and ammunition, including one US M-4 assault rifle, one AK-47, a Glock pistol and one pistol were recovered.
The entire operation based on actionable intelligence inputs was over in just seven minutes with both the terrorists gunned down without any collateral damage. Ismail Alvi, along with Sameer Dar (the other terrorist killed), were the main perpetrators of the 2019 Pulwama attack.
According to security forces, Ismail Alvi, blood relation of global terrorist leader Masood Azhar was constantly in touch with his younger brother Mufti Abdul Rauf Azhar, who carries the codename ‘Mara’ within the Indian security forces.