Earlier in the day, the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said that elimination of most wanted Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist Noor Mohammad Tantray was a success for the security forces and a major setback for the terrorist group.
Referring to the encounter Vaid said, "It was a clean operation based on specific intelligence inputs", as he stressed, "However, by the time security forces laid cordon, two terrorists managed to escape".
The slain terrorist has been identified as Noor Mohammad Tantray aka Noora Trali, a resident Tral in Pulwama district. It is also said by the officials that the security forces are still searching for the other terrorist.
Noor was also one of the chief architects of the Border Security Force (BSF) camp attack, near the Srinagar airport in October this year. He was only three feet tall and had rejoined militancy after jumping parole.
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"No one would suspect him to be a terrorist and that is why Jaish recruited him as an over-ground worker", a senior police officer told the Indian broadcaster NDTV citing his height. Police said Tantray's body was recovered, along with his weapon, from the rubble of the house.
Search operation was still going on when the reports last came in, they said adding further details are awaited.
JeM said Noor Muhammad Tantray was its Operational Chief who had joined the outfit in year 2000.
Police sources said a major tragedy had been averted as Tantray and his associates were planning to attack a convoy of the security forces on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. Tantray was a close aide of the 2001 Parliament attack case mastermind Ghazi Baba and was convicted in a case registered in 2003 in Delhi. Tantray has been a key commander in leading one of the wings of the locally powerful extremist organisation, Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). He was serving his sentence at the Central Jail in Srinagar until he jumped his parole in 2015.