Srinagar, Oct 29: A high alert has been issued in Kashmir following the killing of Lashkar-e-Tayiba commander Abu Qasim.
The alert issued by the Intelligence Bureau has warned of retaliatory strikes in the wake of the killing of Qasim who was gunned down by security forces early this morning.
Having lost its most crucial commander in the Valley, the Lashkar would look to carry out an attack in a bid to lift the sagging morale of its cadre.
The killing of Qasim would have de-moralised the cadres of the Lashkar and they would be on retreat mode.
The Lashkar normally looks to hit back when they lose one of their important men, the Intelligence Bureau has also stated in its alert.
Following the alert there is high security in place and the borders especially are being guarded closely. The security forces are on the look out for possible infiltrators while also keeping a very close watch on the local network of the Lashkar.
The IB alert also advises the police to keep a close watch on the local elements sympathetic to the Lashkar as they may be trying to engineer a retaliatory strike in Kashmir.
Qasim who masterminded two major attacks on the army was killed this morning by the security forces following a fierce gun battle.
He had orchestrated an attack on the Indian army in 2013 at Hyderpora. His next big attack was the Udhampur strike.
When he arrived in Kashmir from Bhawalpur, Pakistan five years back, he operated out of the Dachigam National Park in Srinagar. He however, was not stationary and kept changing base. After the Udhampur attack, there have been two major operations launched against him.
Both times he managed to escape and even killed two police men in the bargain. However, his base was tracked to Kulgam in South Kashmir where he was finally killed.