Security forces on Wednesday killed top Jaish-e-Mohammed commander Shamim Ahmed Sofi in an anti-terrorist operation launched after several killings in Jammu and Kashmir. With this, the revenge of Pulwama attack is also going to be completed. In the last few days, there have been a total of 6 encounters with terrorists and security forces in which 9 terrorists have been killed. Sophie’s encounter on Wednesday is being seen as a big success for the security forces.
In the anti-terrorist operations conducted in Awantipora, Sophie had fled while flashing the security forces. Then Jaish chief Masood Azhar’s nephew, Mohammad Ismail Alvi alias Lambu, and local terrorist Sameer Ahmed Dar were killed. Lambu and Dar were involved in planning the Pulwama attack, in which 40 CRPF personnel lost their lives.
Security forces in action after the instructions of the Home Minister
Sofi’s encounter comes days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah directed to protect minorities from killings in the Valley and take strong action against terrorists linked to the local module backed by Pakistan. Home Minister Amit Shah had asked security agencies to send counter-terrorism experts to Kashmir and take action against the perpetrators. Several minority civilians, including a prominent Kashmiri Pandit pharmacist and the principal of a Sikh school, have been killed in the Valley recently.
Left home in 2019 and joined Jaish-e-Mohammed
Sophie was killed by security forces in an encounter at Tilwani Mohalla in Tral area of Awantipora, Jammu and Kashmir. Sophie, who left home in 2019 to join the terrorist ranks of the Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit. Since then it has been motivating the youth in the Valley to join militancy. Sophie also had contacts with Lambu, an IED expert involved in the planning and conspiracy of the Pulwama attack.
Two years of marriage was involved in anti-national activities
Born in 1974 in Satura Aripal village, Sopi, a slain Jaish commander, dropped out of studies due to poverty and also worked as a shopkeeper. There was a marriage in between and after two years of shoplifting, he started his own business in 2004. From here it got involved in anti-national activities and was also arrested by the local police during a search operation.
Ammunition recovered from Sophie’s
Sophie was detained for two years under the Public Safety Act (PSA) but was released following an order of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court. After this he also worked as a contractor in MGNREGA before joining the Jaish organization. Based on credible inputs from Jammu and Kashmir Police, security forces have recovered one AK 56, three AK magazines, 55 rounds of ammunition and two hand grenades from Sofi, who was killed in the encounter.